SENATOR BALL WARNS THAT NYC MUNICIPAL ID WILL CREATE HOMELAND SECURITY NIGHTMARE

 

    Ball: This Mayor’s Proposal Is Just Plain Stupid

    Albany, N.Y. – 04/10/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, issued the following statement regarding the introduction of the New York City Municipal ID card legislation.

    “As the details on the Mayor’s plan become clear, our worst fears have been confirmed. Without requiring fingerprints, or other proper security checks, this will create a homeland security nightmare for law enforcement and the vulnerable civilian population of New York City and beyond.

    This extreme Mayor is blatantly creating a fictitious identity for hundreds of thousands of individuals without putting in place the proper safety protocols. These non-ID cards will be used as breeder documents, not just by illegal alien workers, but by criminals and terrorists looking to open bank accounts, board planes and trains, execute lease agreements and ultimately harm New Yorkers. We do not have the luxury of getting it wrong when it comes to our national security. This Mayor’s proposal is a homeland security nightmare, and must be stopped. This isn’t an issue of liberal verse conservative or republican verse democrat; this Mayor’s proposal is just plain stupid.

    In 2011, 7,500 plus illegal aliens who came illegally across our Southern Border hailed from places like Iraq, Syria, Iran and Sudan, including state sponsors of terrorism. This Mayor is telling illegal aliens, criminals and terrorists alike, ‘Break the law and get to New York as fast as you can. When you do, we will issue you an identity; any identity.’

    Among the September 11th terrorists, 19 of them had more than 60 driver’s licenses and over 300 aliases and identifications. They went to other states with lax identification laws and that’s why the U.S. Congress enacted the Real ID Act, to save lives. Now this crazed Mayor wants to forget all that and empower terrorist thugs looking to kill New Yorkers. This homeland security nightmare must be stopped, before it’s too late,” said Senator Greg Ball.

    For more information, please contact jbachmei@nysenate.gov or (845) 531-9796

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