New York could soon become a sanctuary state for undocumented immigrants if a bill sponsored by a Bronx lawmaker gains enough support in Albany.
If the bill is passed, local police across the state would no long be able to hold undocumented people and turn them over to ICE simply because of their immigration status.
State Senator Jose Serrano, Jr. told PIX11 News “programs like Secure Communities have created a chilling effect on immigrant populations. Oftentimes immigrants are fearful and hesitant to come forward when they have been victims or witnesses to crimes.”
The bill does make exceptions for undocumented people convicted of violent felonies.
“This bill, which does not protect those who have committed violent felonies and certain misdemeanors, is a common-sense response to improving public safety and should be a non-partisan issue on which I hope to build consensus,” Serrano said.
Republican Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis blasted the bill in an interview with PIX11 Monday saying “someone under this legislation if they committed sex abuse six years ago they would be protected from deportation. If they committed grand larceny last week they would be protected from deportation and that something that I don’t think we should be doing as a state because it’s putting all of us at risk.”
Before New York becomes a sanctuary state, the bill would need support from the state Assembly, Senate and Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Malliotakis says it definitely does not get her vote.