Governor Cuomo is pulling out of the Federal Secure Communities Program. Under this program, law enforcement agencies run the fingerprints of people they arrest against immigration databases in an effort to find illegal criminals. The program is controversial because the claim is that illegal aliens without arrest records are being picked up and deported. What I don’t understand is why they are being arrested if they are not criminals and when did it become legal to come here illegally?
I don’t know if Governor Cuomo is correct about the need to divert police resources for more pressing concerns, but checking against a database doesn’t seem like a cumbersome challenge. Deporting illegals seems appropriate as long as we are a country with borders. We have too many illegals here apparently, so maybe that is more of a reason to attempt some controls not less of a reason?
Governor Cuomo said, “…its impact on families, immigrant communities and law enforcement in New York.” Cuomo wrote, “The heart of concern is that the program, conceived of as a method of targeting those who pose the greatest threat in our communities, is in fact having the opposite effect and compromising pubic safety by deterring witnesses to crime and others from working with law enforcement…Until the numerous questions and controversies regarding the program can be resolved, we have determined that New York is best served by relying on existing tools to ensure the safety of its residents.”
Federal officials have praised the program. “We are helping to keep communities safe and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system,” Marc Rapp, the program’s acting assistant director, said in a statement last month.
The New Sanctuary Movement had a representative group at Cuomo’s press conference.
“No more deportations,” “Don’t tear apart our families” and “ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), get out of New York, now…We know that the law is applied unjustly to families, to workers who are here trying to make a better life,” said Juan Carlos Ruiz of the New Sanctuary Movement.
This movement operates in almost every state in the union. Maybe we could give them New York or California and call it a wash? The impact of illegal immigration on our budget is very real. The National Policy Institute issued a report that estimates the annual costs of illegal immigration at the federal, state and local level to be about $113 billion; nearly $29 billion at the federal level and $84 billion at the state and local level. Read here: Sanctuary and here: Pay Up Legals