Mayor is putting millions of federal counter-terrorism dollars and the safety of all New Yorkers at risk.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, the presumptive Republican nominee in the race for mayor, held a Wednesday afternoon news conference on the steps of New York’s City Hall where she slammed Mayor Bill de Blasio on a Sanctuary City policy that defies the rule of law and continues to put New Yorkers at risk . Assemblywoman Malliotakis also called-out de Blasio on what she called, “a deceptive and dangerous twisting of the facts, when it suits Bill de Blasio and his personal political agenda.”

In 2014, Mayor de Blasio enacted two “Sanctuary City” resolutions. These measures significantly impede cooperation between the New York City Department of Correction (DOC), NYPD, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), by prohibiting DOC and NYPD from honoring immigration detainers unless accompanied by a federal warrant and the person has either been convicted of a violent or “serious crime,” or is identified as a possible match on in the terrorist screening database.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said, “Since Mayor Ed Koch, New York City has had a “sanctuary” policy that prohibits city employees from reporting one’s immigration status to the Immigration and Naturalization Service. NYC executive order # 124 was enacted by Mayors Koch, Dinkins, Giuliani, and Bloomberg. It will continue when I’m mayor.

“Mayor Bloomberg’s executive orders # 34 and # 41 which prohibits city employees from inquiring about a person’s immigration status will also be continued in a Malliotakis administration. What will not continue is the de Blasio’s administration’s policy that protects individuals who have committed crimes such as grand larceny, sex abuse, and patronizing a child for prostitution and other serious crimes.”

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said, “In 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio enacted and implemented a Sanctuary City policy that not only defies the rule of law and puts New Yorkers at risk. Alarmingly, Bill de Blasio’s Sanctuary City policy doesn’t consider a wide range of crimes to be ‘violent or serious’, including: Sexual Misconduct, Forcible Touching, Aggravated Identity Theft, and Permitting Prostitution, as well as various degrees of Sexual Abuse, Grand Larceny, Welfare Fraud, Drunk Driving, Aggravated Patronizing of Minor for Prostitution, and Promoting Prostitution. Ask a member of law enforcement or a victim of sexual abuse or Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) how seriously they view these crimes and you’ll get a very different response.

“New York is a city of immigrants and I am the daughter of immigrants. Make no mistake, what I am talking about today has nothing to do with the vast majority of immigrants, both legal and undocumented, who come to New York City to grab their piece of the American Dream, while leading law abiding and productive lives, as my parents did. We must preserve the American Dream and lobby Washington to fix and streamline our broken immigration system.

“For the period of October 2015 until October 2016, the NYPD received 80 civil immigration detainers for undocumented individuals considered a threat to public safety. Only 2 detainers were honored and 78 were denied. This is 2 more than the Department of Corrections, which refused to honor any of the 51 detainers issued by ICE. As of May 2017, the City has complied with 0 detainer requests.

“In January, an Executive Order directed the Attorney General to ensure that any jurisdiction willfully violating federal law by shielding illegal immigrants from deportation will be ineligible for federal grants. While the constitutionality of this order is being tested in federal court, Mayor de Blasio has stubbornly insisted that he will ignore the order, no matter what, putting millions of federal counter-terrorism dollars at risk and by doing so, placing the safety of all New Yorkers at risk.

“Bill de Blasio doesn’t seem to understand the primary purpose of any government is the protection of its people. His actions have put New Yorkers, both undocumented immigrants and citizens in double jeopardy by protecting criminals in our city and by sacrificing funds that protect us from the global threat of terror.

“Mayor de Blasio’s ill conceived policy has very real consequences, which can be seen below:

  • In April 2014, ICE submitted an immigration detainer request to DOC regarding Andres Flores Lopez, an individual with multiple sexual abuse convictions and a registered sex offender. DOC ignored the request and released Lopez that December.
  • In December of 2016, ICE submitted a detainer request to the NYPD for Hector Suarez, an individual with a number of prior convictions including, criminal possession of a controlled substance and attempted assault in the second-degree, who had already been deported twice only to return illegally. Due to Mayor de Blasio’s policy, NYPD was required to ignore the request and released Suarez the very next day.
  • In 2007, Luis Alejandro Villegas was convicted of first-degree robbery and forcible theft with a deadly weapon while residing in the country illegally. He was deported after serving a five-year prison term, but illegally re-entered and was arrested for driving while intoxicated this past December. ICE filed a detainer request on December 31, 2016, but the NYPD released Villegas shortly thereafter. Thankfully, ICE apprehended Villegas in late January.

“Under Mayor de Blasio, City Hall has embarked on a deceptive and dangerous twisting of the facts, when it suits Bill de Blasio and his personal political agenda. One only has to look at today’s headlines to understand that. In February, New Yorkers had another example, when a sweep conducted by ICE detained 41 undocumented immigrants in the metropolitan area. The hue and cry that ensued from Mayor de Blasio and his progressive pals was deafening; in their eyes and words these were innocent immigrants who had been rounded up because they lacked the proper documents.

“Nothing could be further from the truth; almost all of the individuals detained had been convicted of serious crimes, including rape, first degree sexual assault, heroin sale, robbery, and driving under the influence as was reported by WPIX.