Civic decries Crowley’s immigration proposal

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The Juniper Park Civic Association will host a news conference outside City Hall to show its opposition to a bill City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) recently co-sponsored that would protect certain illegal immigrants from being deported.

“I think it is an insult to have our councilwoman as a co-sponsor,” said Robert Holden, president of the civic. “How could she do this?”

The bill would spare deportation for illegal immigrants in Rikers Island who have no prior arrests and have not been charged with a crime.

“Crowley thinks we don’t have enough criminals in New York City and the state, that we should take some from other countries,” he said to cheers from the roughly 50 people gathered at the bimonthly meeting. “Does anybody feel we should protect criminals who are in this country illegally?”

No one said yes.

A member of the civic read a statement from City Councilman Peter Vallone (D-Astoria), who is also opposed to the bill and, according to Holden, will join in the rally along with City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park).

The legislation, also co-sponsored by Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills), would modify an agreement that the city has with the federal government when it comes to prisoners on Rikers.

If a person sent to Rikers is currently found to be an illegal immigrant, the city tells U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement under an agreement called the Criminal Alien Program.

ICE agents, who have an office on the island, then formally ask the city to detain that prisoner until he or she can be deported.

But the legislation prevents that process for the inmates who meet the criteria.

Crowley released a statement defending her support for the bill.

“The bipartisan bill is in line with Gov. Cuomo’s withdrawal from the Secure Communities program, suspended earlier this summer and is supported by the mayor,” she said. “Advocates on both ends of the political spectrum agree that the Department of Correction’s policy hurts families, hurts communities and impacts law enforcement. At a time when the entire country is discussing smart immigration reform, this bill presents a levelheaded approach to the city’s immigration policies.”

The bill states: “The Council further finds that because cooperation between DOC and ICE is smoothing and expediting the deportation process, such cooperation is eroding trust between immigrants and local law enforcement.”

And that mistrust leads victims of violence, especially victims of domestic violence, without an avenue to turn to, the bill said.

“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.”

In addition, the bill states that the deportation of non-criminal aliens does not fit the stated goals of the federal Criminal Alien Program.

Each year ICE detains about 3,500 people for deportation after they are sent to Rikers.

Many members of the civic stood up last Thursday to denounce illegal immigration.

“They got to go!” shouted Manny Caruana, who recounted the process of his own immigration into the country.

Reach reporter Joe Anuta by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4566.

Posted 12:00 am, November 3, 2011
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Masha says:
Current Immigration Laws were called broken and dysfunctional by many
politicians and Mr. Obama himself. There are 4.5 American citizen children
who live every day in constant fear of losing one or both parents due to
deportation, there are thousands of American citizens who cannot adjust their
spouses status. American citizens face separation from their family members
for unknown period of time, possibly indefinitely.

Sign the Petition at to return the value to the term : AMERICAN CITIZEN by:
Immediately adjusting immigration status of American citizen's immediate
family members (parents, spouses, children) to Permanent Resident.
Nov. 3, 2011, 3:10 pm
Dave Francis from Queens says:

It doesn’t seem to sink in to the majority of American minds, that illegal immigration is vastly encouraged by criminal business owners. A fence can only do so much, in holding illegal people desperate for a job; although this isn’t the majority of cases, because millions enter America to take advantage of US taxpayers and the welfare entitlement system. It seems quite acceptable that employers also bring in legal immigrant workers on H-1b visa’s, offering lower wages and fewer benefits that American job seekers expect. This is the avenue that companies are importing around a million immigrants a year legally. Taxpayers are forced by certain unfunded mandatory laws, to pay for the children’s schooling of illegal alien parents to k-12, free open house in the emergency rooms of hospitals for treatment. The illegal immigration invasion is getting worse and the cost rising from the $113 Billion dollar mark, as more cross the limited fencing at the border and the lies told to federal inspectors at airport entry. Incidentally there is no tracking mechanism once inside America, unlike Mexico or many other countries.

Inside Congressional staffers are passing on information that corporate agricultural industries, farmers, special interest lobbyists, open border zealots are throwing bags of cash and promises of large campaign contributions, if they kill MANDATORY E-VERIFY. George Soros is involved; Ed Gillespie is threatening Politicians with NO money if they vote for E-Verify. International Groups as Ted Turner, United Nation Foundation Group, headed by Kofi Annum. The Carnegie Foundation, president and controlled by an Iranian Immigrant ‘Vartan Gregorian’ who has publically vowed to spend every penny to dismantle USA Borders. The Ford Foundation…Other Foundations supported by Carnagie Carnegie has supported are the National Council of La Raza, America’s Voice, the National Immigration Forum, the Center for Community Change and its Fair Immigration Reform Network, the Center for New Community, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund. The NY Times Foundation… THE MONEY…THE GLOBAL POWER SOURCES; THE USA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IS TOTALLY GLOBAL, NOTHING AMERICAN ABOUT IT, AS THEY ARE AGAINST E-VERIFYY AND TRYING TO WRECK IT.

Currently there is an estimated 147,000 Veterans walking the streets—HOMELESS.

Giving out $113 billion dollars in free money annually is sheer madness and thanks to thousands of companies who invite this violation of our immigration laws, they are truly to blame for this growing population of non-status people and families. If I was a state prosecutor every business—large or small—that defies immigration laws, would initially be fined for each illegal hired, $25.000 dollars. The next offense $50.000, followed very closely be business asset confiscation and having more than one worker, two years in jail. But unlike most countries, where it is a felony for illegal entry, in our nation, you get deported; under President Obama’s watch today, you can walk away free. Women concealing their pregnancy are entering America by the thousands yearly, through our unsecured border and also arriving at international air terminals; bringing in their hidden fetus with no intention of returning and therefore adding to the massive expensive health care package thrown at taxpayers.

Illegal Immigration has got so bad in states like California, Nevad, they have been designated as notorious—Sanctuary States. These states are overwhelmed by millions, but the Liberals ignore it, allowing them to access welfare. But by no means are they the only cities and other jurisdictions? Obama’s government must enforce our 1986 Control & Reform act, as this nation can no longer import the abject poverty or other countries. The Hermitage Foundation has the real statistics, which visa over-stays has raised to 49 percent. California agricultural interests have been getting a subsidized ride for decades in using illegal immigrations, primarily from Mexico, for harvesting their crops. Crops which pay them-- LARGE PROFITS.

My blogs are now being banned unfortunately in the Liberal press, because the truth hurts and they prefer to offer e-newspaper readers propaganda or skirt around the issue. Many of the facts the public need to know, is to be found on the NUMBERSUSA website. Just type it into your browser search engine and learn about their commitment to American sovereignty. NumbersUSA and the TEA PARTY insistent on telling readers to ‘BLAST’ the House Representative at the Congressional Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and bother them to sponsor the ‘Legal Workforce’ Act, specifically the ‘Ways and Means Committee, controlled by Majority Speak John Boehner (R-OH) to get his equal House Representatives and reluctant lawmakers and sponsor Bill H.R. 2885. This will end the national monopoly of illegal cheap labor and illegal aliens voting in 2012.

We shouldn’t forget that that although most US citizens as voters attention is on the 2012 election, that this year a number of states are holding gubernatorial and state legislative elections. That many of the results in these individual states will determine if immigration policing and state enforcement is enacted in 2011. States directly affected are Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and West Virginia elect governors in 2011. In addition, 578 state legislative seats are available, with the majority of these in Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia where the fate of politicians are in the hands of voters.

In voting precincts we must be truly on our guard and I hope that TEA PARTY members oversee the voting in all of these states? It’s very sad situation, when we cannot trust the election system anymore, because of the actions of organizations as ACORN. Should your state be holding an election this year, please study each candidate and then vote. Go to NumbersUSA for more details on what you can do to combat this illegal alien infection, and help stop it for good. ONLY CITIZENS HAVE THE VOTE, SO WATCH FOR VIOLATIONS OF THE LAW. IT MIGHT SAVE YOUR JOB AND MILLIONS OF OTHERS.

Don’t STOP pushing for E-Verify to others, or it will never hinder Liberal propaganderists or others in both parties from derailing ‘The Legal Workforce Act’.

ATTN: From Judicial Watch, the public interest organization that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it launched a national television advertising campaign on October 24, 2011 to combat illegal immigration. A key purpose of the campaign is to collect from the American people urging governors of all 50 states, to obey and enforce all laws against illegal immigration.
Nov. 3, 2011, 7 pm
bob from Queens says:
I am puzzled! The US is the only country on Earth protecting illegal immigrants! But not any illegal immigrants, only those from South and Central America which makes the issue twice very puzzling. Of course we all know what's beneath so we should not be surprised when a politician argues for the implementation of the law and is oddly considered "racists". Let's hope 2012 will finally bring some justice and return to the normality of the law!
Nov. 6, 2011, 11:33 am
bob from Queens says:
PS. More puzzling is that, as Dave Francis explains very well, we have a 9% unemployment, homeless veterans, American kids without enough money to go to school, 14 trillions debt, etc., but we spend money on illegal immigration. This is an insult and a robbery of all those living legally in this country!
Nov. 6, 2011, 11:37 am

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