Sanctuary City policies have put innocent New Yorkers at risk
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, the Republican and Conservative Party candidate in New York’s 11th Congressional District (Brooklyn/Staten Island) called on Congressman Max Rose to explain his support for Sanctuary City policies after federal immigration authorities laid blame on Mayor de Blasio’s policies for the sexual abuse and murder of 92 year-old Queens’ resident Maria Fuertes. Malliotakis called on Mayor de Blasio, “to finally admit that his Sanctuary City policies have put innocent New Yorkers at risk and are responsible for Reeaz Khan’s vile assault and murder of Maria Fuertes” and for Congressman Max Rose to explain, “why he has misrepresented himself to the voters; claiming to be moderate while supporting these radical and dangerous reforms.”
Maria Fuertes, age 92, a fixture in her neighborhood, was found clinging to life on a Richmond Hill street in the early morning hours of January 6th. Reeaz Khan, an illegal immigrant from Guyana, who was charged with the heinous crime, had previously been arrested for assault stemming from an incident where he attacked and slashed his own father. Under the de Blasio administration’s misguided Sanctuary City policies, the NYPD was forced to ignore an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer request issued for Khan on the same day he was arrested for the attack on his father. He was later released from custody, without bail, roughly 6 weeks prior to his murderous attack on Maria Fuertes.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said, “Mayor de Blasio and Congressman Max Rose are like two peas in a progressive pod when it comes to criminal justice issues in our city and state. Mayor de Blasio needs to finally admit that his Sanctuary City policies have put innocent New Yorkers at risk and are responsible for Reeaz Khan’s vile assault and murder of Maria Fuertes. More importantly, Max Rose needs to explain why he has misrepresented himself to the voters; claiming to be moderate while supporting these radical and dangerous reforms. Not to mention, how a U.S. Congressman could possibly support policies that were specifically drafted to undercut federal laws and protect illegal immigrants who have committed serious crimes from detention and deportation by federal immigration authorities.
“Whether it’s Sanctuary City policies, bail reform or the closing of Rikers Island, Max Rose is on the record supporting the radical, far-left criminal justice policies of Bill de Blasio, Andrew Cuomo and their progressive pals. When a sexual assault and vicious attack of a 92 year-old woman takes place on a Queens’ street or an illegal immigrant, without a driver’s license, kills a mother of 3 in a Christmas Eve hit and run on a road in Rockland County, justice should be served and illegal immigrants charged with serious crimes should not be shielded from detention or deportation by federal authorities.
“Sanctuary City policies and criminal justice reforms have unleashed mayhem across our city and state. Max Rose needs to come clean and admit he is a progressive who supported these radical policies and laws which are out sync with the 11th C.D. and attempt to rationalize why a Congressman undercuts federal laws aimed at protecting our citizens from dangerous criminals.”
Max Rose voicing support for Sanctuary City policies:
Questionnaire submitted by Max Rose where he affirms his support for closing Rikers Island and his support of bail reform: