The Immigration Debate

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Nothing is more certain to raise blood pressure in New York City than a discussion of the city’s handling of illegal immigration. This is evident in the response to Intro 656, a bill that would prevent the city Department of Correction from handing over suspected illegal immigrants to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for detention and deportation.

“This bill will absolutely make our communities less safe — it not only puts illegal immigrants who have been charged with another crime back on our streets, but makes no distinction between arrests for violent crimes and other crimes,” said City Councilman Peter Vallone (D-Astoria).

Supporters of the bill counter that the Rikers program, which cost $30 million a year, was “tearing families apart.”

Under the federal Criminal Alien Program, correction officials grant ICE agents permission to interview foreign-born inmates in person or via video-conferencing, or to access the jail’s databases containing information on the inmates held there.

Keep in mind that most city agencies are not permitted to exchange information with ICE.

The NYPD, DOC and city Department of Probation have been working with ICE for years and with good reason. Under a program named Operation Predator, Probation and the state Division of Parole worked with ICE to arrest convicted sex offenders currently on probation or parole. Most of those targeted had committed horrendous crimes involving children.

It was argued that regardless of their criminal sentence or immigration status, these sex offenders should not be allowed to continue living in America.

But Intro 656 addresses a more complex problem and both sides should resist the urge to oversimplify the issue. Between 2004 and 2009, the American Civil Liberties Union says more than 13,000 inmates at Rikers Island have been placed into deportation proceedings as a result of CAP.

We trust the NYPD and other criminal justice agencies will continue working with ICE to target the most dangerous illegal immigrants. At the same time, we doubt Intro 656 will have an impact on public safety.

Posted 12:27 am, November 17, 2011
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steve from Linden MI says:

I come for visit, get treated regal,
So I stay, who care I illegal?
I cross border, poor and broke,
Take bus, see employment folk.
Nice man treat me good in there,
Say I need to see welfare.
Welfare say, "You come no more,
We send cash right to your door."
Welfare checks, they make you

Medicaid it keep you healthy!
By and by, I got plenty money,
Thanks to you, American dummy.
Write to friends in motherland,
Tell them come as fast as you can.
They come in rags and Chebby

I buy big house with welfare bucks.
They come here, we live together,
More welfare checks, it gets better!
Fourteen families they moving in,
But neighbor's patience wearing thin.
Finally, white guy moves away,
Now I buy his house, and then I say,
"Find more aliens for house to rent."

And in the yard I put a tent.
Send for family (they just trash),
But they, too, draw the welfare cash!
Everything is mucho good,
And soon we own the neighborhood.
We have hobby--it's called breeding,
Welfare pay for baby feeding.
Kids need dentist? Wife need pills?
We get free! We got no bills!

American crazy! He pay all year,
To keep welfare running here.
We think America darn good place!
Too darn good for the white man

If they no like us, they can go,
Got lots of room in Mexico
Nov. 20, 2011, 2:47 pm
Dave Francis from Queens says:

Enforcement through Attrition is the action to fully ignite Mandatory E-Verify. Call Washington at 202-224-3121 and strongly insist that Lamar Smith’s ‘The Legal Workforce Act’ be passed now. It will save American jobs from unscrupulous business owners who are colluding with lawmakers to kill this bill. A shameful fact around the country is black citizens, Hispanic citizens, Asian citizens, white citizens and other races of low income Americans have been displaced by foreign nationals who have illegally entered this country. All illegal aliens must go and our laws enforced. Illegal Aliens by definition is a criminal fugitive from ICE and then to use a falsified document to get a job, makes it a—FELONY. Don’t hesitate; don’t wait as more timid lawmakers are are beginning to co-sponsoring bill (H.R.2885.)

E-Verify is a free government data-base that identifies illegal labor and costing nothing to run. Alabama workers are especially finding job openings currently, where there was none before. This program works and illegal aliens being rejected by business owners are self-departing at no cost to taxpayers. It’s no surprise that American people are lining up for any job that becomes available. The Washington switchboard at 202-224-3121 is already snowed under with exasperated callers, who are justifiably contacting their representatives. Now it’s your turn? Study more about costs and the 20 million illegal migrants and immigrants already here. Stop this mockery of the ‘Rule of Law.” NumbersUSA has all the facts and not falsehood from the Democrats. Join the TEA PARTY and throw out all the politicians, who are spending America into a third world country.

During the upcoming races at the State and in gubernatorial elections, we must be explicitly watchful for non citizens voting in these races and in 2012.
Nov. 20, 2011, 5:24 pm

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