Suffolk County Exec Rips Cuomo for Suspending Secure Communities

Thursday, June 02, 2011

A day after Governor Andrew Cuomo announced he was suspending New York State's participation in a controversial federal immigration program Secure Communities, Suffolk County Police's spokesperson said the program would remain in effect there.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, who has often taken action against undocumented immigrants, said it was inappropriate for New York State "to tell the federal government it will fight them in their efforts to keep our nation safe."

"This is a horrendous setback for anyone interested in enforcing our immigration laws," Levy said. "It is special interest politics taking precedence over our homeland's security."

The governor said on Wednesday that the Secure Communities program has failed to meet its goal to "deport serious felons" and has had a negative impact on "on families, immigrant communities and law enforcement."

His decision meant that the program would immediately be deactivated in the 31 counties it has come into force, including Suffolk.

It remained unclear, though, whether that would be possible. According to ICE's previous statements, the Secure Communities will be activated in all jurisdictions by 2013, and there would be no opting out for those counties that became a part of the program.


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June from Texas

I've tried to figure out when the mindset of many americans changed. From a country of laws, our elected representatives would like to erase the sovereignty of this nation. Becoming an American should be a difficult process and taken on with the thought that if one is fortunate enough to make it, then their loyalties lie with this nation and no other and that the laws of this county are to be obeyed. The lucky ones should not be a drain on society, but will be a citizen in all aspects of the word. That was the goal of the immigrants of long ago. Does it sound like a description of today's lawbreakers? Then, why would anyone in their right mind (maybe that's the answer) be willing to allow the ongoing invasion and to pander to those who've managed to break and enter?

Jun. 04 2011 11:29 AM
donald from CA

The citizens of New York state must give Gov Cuomo the "Elliot Spittzer" bum rush out of office. does anyone remember how Spitzer demanded NY state give illegal aliens drivers licenses via executive order. Does anyone remember how all the DMV managers collectively refused to to obey his order? Does anyone remember, how he responded to the negative response by finding comfort between the legs of a young,comely hoe? Does anyone remember, especially Gov Cuomo, how he was forced to resign. ? Ask yourself this question Gov. Cuomo: If I defy the will of the people will they recall my behind from the Governor's mansion.?

Jun. 03 2011 10:48 PM
Brittanicus from Indianapolis, IN

So far there are only four states that have made E-Verify mandatory for every employee, which are Arizona, Mississippi, South Carolina and as of yesterday Alabama. Most States have some kind of E-Verify program built into their illegal immigrant enforcement, except the Sanctuary State of California, with other States having pending legislation throughout America. Within California the high desert city of Lancaster has the sole mandate of E-Verify, even though it’s in the known illegal alien haven of Los Angeles County. E-Verify is an Internet-based system operated by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in a joint venture with the Social Security Administration (SSA). The E-Verify program is constantly updated with new enhancements and the administration are looking to incorporate picture ID from State driver’s licenses. Expect a big fight in Washington over mandatory federal E-Verify.

Without the passage of any policing laws in Florida or elsewhere, hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens in restrictive States as Alabama, and those following Arizona, will become a financial destination. As more states understand the fiscal consequences of economic illegal aliens, they will find out soon enough?

Both business and pro-immigrant, open border zealot’s interests will not take this lying down, when Republicans set in motion into making E-Verify mandatory for all employees nationwide. E-Verify is currently free to employers and is available in all 50 states. E-Verify provides an automated connection to federal databases to help employers establish employment eligibility of new hires and the legitimacy of their Social Security numbers. You can be rest assured if the Tea Party membership, in the Republican leadership gains more seats in the House and Senate, they will vote E-Verify as a permanent deterrent as "Attrition by Enforcement." Along with E-Verify is Secure communities, to distinguish US citizens, legal residents and criminals, who enter America and identified through ICE databases. In conclusion the local police are given the right is a few States, to cross-check ID when confronted on highways or streets when under suspicion.

The American people who unemployed need to contact their federal and State Representatives to insist they enact mandatory E-Verify for every State at Senate—202-224–3121/ House—202-225–3121.

Jun. 03 2011 07:49 PM

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