Police lieutenant attacked by migrants in Times Square invited to Biden’s State of the Union

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Exclusive: The New York City police officer who was attacked by immigrants in Times Square is in Washington, D.C., to watch President Biden tout his administration’s efforts last year in the State of the Union address.

Rep. Nicole Malliotakis of New York, the only Republican representing New York City in the House, told Fox News Digital that she had invited NYPD Lt. Ben Kurian to the president’s big speech on Wednesday.

“NYPD officers work on the front lines every day to keep our streets safe, and unfortunately, they are now responsible for hundreds of violent crimes committed illegally in our country,” Malliotakis said. We are being forced to deal with it.”

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President Biden is scheduled to deliver the State of the Union address on Wednesday. (Chris Kleponis/CNP/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

“The horrifying footage of Lt. Kurian and his fellow officers being attacked by a mob in Times Square was painful to watch, but it underscores just how difficult the jobs of our nation’s officers have become.”

He said his presence at Biden’s speech “brings attention to the need for the Biden administration to end dangerous border policies.”

A video released in late January has gone viral showing two police officers being attacked by a mob of immigrants in the heart of New York City’s tourist district.

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This image from a video provided by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office shows a scuffle between New York City police officers and immigrants in New York’s Times Square on January 27. (Manhattan District Attorney, via AP)

One suspect was seen kicking an officer twice in the head, and another suspect was seen kicking the other officer in the back.

The attack began after police asked migrants blocking the sidewalk outside the shelter to disperse, the NYPD said.

The incident was a flashpoint in tensions that had been simmering for years since New York City was flooded with thousands of asylum-seeking migrants. Many were bussed in by southern governors whose states have been strained by tensions with people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams said more than 161,000 immigrants have come to New York City since mid-2022 in need of shelter and other city resources.

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Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis

Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (RN.Y.) brings one of the police officers attacked in Times Square to the State of the Union address. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Earlier this week, Adams, a Democrat, called for scaling back the city’s “sanctuary” status to allow immigrants “suspected of serious crimes” to be turned over to federal law enforcement.

Malliotakis and other Republican lawmakers have blamed the city’s sanctuary policies as a key factor in the immigration crisis.

When asked for comment on Malliotakis’ invitation to speak, the White House referred Fox News Digital to press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, who had previously condemned the attack. A senior Biden official said on January 31: “The assault on two New York City police officers last weekend is completely unacceptable. The President is outraged by these attacks on law enforcement. As the investigation into this attack continues, police I hope they recover quickly.”



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