Gurbir S. Grewal is a man with several feathers in his cap. Not only was he the first American Sikh prosecutor in the United States, he has also become the first American Sikh to be named Attorney General in the history of the United States of America!
In 2016, Grewal was appointed as the prosecutor in Bergen County, New Jersey and 2018 saw him being as appointed the Attorney General of the State of New Jersey! In his capacity as the prosecutor, he fought heavily against opioids epidemic and white-collar crimes. He has worked towards establishing better relations between police and the different communities and also the preservation of constitutional rights.
Grewal is a first-generation resident and son of Indian immigrant parents. He is one of the prominent faces in the emerging Desi wave in American politics, alongside the likes of Mr. Ravinder Singh Bhalla (Mayor of New Jersey), State Senator Pramila Jayapal and Junior Senator(California) Kamala Harris.
Grewal is an independent thinker and in the times of government shutdown and faceless campaign presently against immigrants in the form of ill-conceived reforms to the Bill For The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), he seems like the best person to advocate on their behalf if need be.
He has already indicated the direction Attorney General’s Office would work towards. He said that the Division of Criminal Justice would work with 21 counties’ prosecutors to coordinate a response to the heroin crisis, while the Division of Law would belligerently pursue environmental and consumer protection cases.
Grewal is a registered Democrat and not entirely supportive of several policies of the present government related to constitutional rights, environment and immigration. The Former Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie was in support of President Trump and his administration’s decisions. Therefore, the former Attorney General, Christopher Porrino’s office often watched things unfold from the sidelines, while other Attorney Generals opposed the immigration and environmental policies.
Under Grewal’s office, it is likely that with his determination to uphold civil rights and liberties, coupled with his own immigrant background, there would be definite pushback against such policies.
Till then, we hope for the best as we extend our heartiest congratulations to the ‘new’ New Jersey Attorney General.
Snigdha is a 'closet' writer with unapologetic opinions on life and people around her. She supports the cause of protecting endangered civil rights like free speech, equity, equality, and most importantly common sense.