‘Don’t Want to Highlight’ Migrants Who Commit Crimes, Won’t Call for Tougher NYC Sanctuary Law

On Thursday’s CNN News Central broadcast, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) said she doesn’t want to “de-emphasize” immigrants who have committed crimes, even though her state has more cooperation with ICE than New York City. , it’s the right thing to do, but she won’t say whether she wants the city to tighten the law.

Co-host Kate Bolduan said, “New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) is trying to move on this issue right now, basically changing the city’s sanctuary city status and making it more “We want to make it easier,” he said. Deporting immigrants accused of serious crimes…before it’s even heard in court. Do you agree with that move? ”

Hochul said, “What I want to say is that New York State has a different protection policy. If a crime is committed, we should be able to work with federal immigration officials. What we want to happen in New York State is that if someone commits a crime like the horrifying assault on a police officer by an immigrant in Times Square, I would immediately arrest him, try him, and get him convicted. I said I want to spend time in a New York prison before being deported, and when I’m released, I want to go back to my country, and I don’t know if I’ll be back in a few months. So at least under New York state law. , I think we have more control.”

She continued, “Right now the city has a different view and they can choose the path they want, but at the same time, it’s a crisis that we need to solve now. On the streets of New York. We don’t even need to talk about the crimes that immigrants are committing in the United States. The majority of immigrants are law-abiding citizens. They really are. They came here in search of a better life. I’m not trying to make a point. They do exist. Situations like this exist in every society, but New York State now has the authority to work with ICE when these situations occur.”

Bolduan then asked, “The difference is that Eric Adams seems to want to be able to deport them in advance.” [they’re] He was tried and found guilty. Do you think that’s bad behavior? ”

Mr. Hochul replied: “Well, that’s not consistent with our policy at the state level. We work with people. We want them to do that. We don’t commit crimes against New Yorkers. I want them to be punished if they do that. I want to make sure that happens. That’s very important to me.”

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