SENATOR BALL FEARS NEW YORK WILL BE LESS SAFE WITH INTRO 656
Luck and political correctness does not substitute smart public policy when it comes to Homeland Security. As we pass the 10 year anniversary of 9-11-2001, some are beginning to look past the sad reality that New York City remains terrorist target #1 on most days. In an odd move, completely devoid of commonsense, the New York City Council has now accepted into law an ordinance No. 656 that mandates all city jails to completely ignore certain Immigration and Customs Enforcement federal detainers, thereby ending life-saving compliance with the federal government. These detainers are issued to deport criminal illegal aliens from New York jails, immediately saving taxpayers and ultimately saving lives. As a snapshot, in 2010, New York City’s Department of Corrections (DOC) admitted approximately 96,000 individuals and had an average daily population of a little less than 15,000. Ordinance No. 656 provides that the New York City Department of Corrections shall not honor ICE detainers, and requires New York City jails to release illegal aliens without criminal histories, it also directs city jails to ignore ICE detainers issued to juveniles with criminal histories. Experts have suggested that this new ordinance is written so poorly that New York City jails will now release thousands of criminal illegal aliens, and possibly terrorists, back onto New York’s streets to possibly attack, steal, rape or murder again. According to member of the New York City Council, ‘Cooperation between DOC and ICE cannot be supported by the Council and should not be supported by tax-payer dollars. New York City — home to millions of immigrants — should not be a willing participant in a program that separates thousands of immigrant families each year without a concomitant benefit to public safety.’ The New York City Council is dead wrong, and in pandering to political correctness has placed our State, New York City and the Homeland Security of this Nation at risk.