“If Only Bloomberg and Other Politicians Would Listen To Themselves”
Michael W. Cutler, Senior Special Agent, INS (Ret.)
Senior Fellow, Californians for Population Stabilization
It is a rare week when Mike Bloomberg fails to make use of his “bully pulpit” as mayor of New York City.
Bloomberg has often attempted to impose his wishes on the residents of New York City. Whether it is about limiting the size of soft drinks, to warning about ingesting too much salt, or all but mandating that women who give birth breast feed their babies, Bloomberg has developed a reputation for being a true “control freak.”
When pressed about his often controversial positions, he adamantly claims to know what is best for everyone’s safety and wellbeing. As the mayor of New York he does bear the responsibility for formulating policies that are supposed to provide for enhanced public safety- perhaps, to an extent, paralleling the way that the President is responsible for national security.
What is unfathomable is how Bloomberg continues New York City’s sanctuary policies where immigration laws are concerned, but then demands that when individuals trespass into public housing complexes that they be arrested and prosecuted.
On October 12, 2012 CAPS posted my commentary:
My commentary was prompted by an article published by the NY Post on September 27, 2012,
Now he has done it again!
On August 16, 2013 New York City’s local CBS News posted a report on Bloomberg’s latest proclamation:
Here is an important quote from the report:
Bloomberg said. “The people that live there, (in public housing) most of them, want more police protection. They want more people. If you have strangers walking in the halls of your apartment building, don’t you want somebody to stop and say, ‘Who are you, why are you here?’”
If only Bloomberg would come to understand that those who violate our borders and immigration laws are not unlike the trespassers in public housing, who have so attracted his ire, If he could come to that commonsense understanding, he would then understand just how perilous it is that there are millions of foreign nationals (aliens) who live in towns and cities, including New York, whose true identities, backgrounds and intentions for coming to America are unknown and unknowable.
Our immigration laws are supposed to prevent the entry and continued presence of aliens who are mentally ill and violent or sex offenders. Our immigration laws are supposed to similarly deal with aliens who are convicted felons including murderers, rapists, bank robbers, gang members, drug traffickers, arsonists, fugitives from justice in other countries, war criminals, spies and terrorists.
Title 8 USC § 1182 – Inadmissible aliens is a section of law contained within the Immigration and Nationality Act and enumerates the categories of aliens who are to be excluded from the United States. When aliens evade the inspections process to enter the United States covertly, it must be presumed that they sneak into the United States because they belong to one of more categories of aliens deemed excludible by our immigration laws that were enacted to protect innocent lives and the jobs of Americans.
Claims made by politicians and high-ranking members of the administration that entering the United States Without Inspection is not a crime are misleading. Aliens who have been previously deported and then unlawfully reenter the United States are committing a felony and, depending on the circumstances, the penalty for that felony is a maximum of 20 years in federal prison. The relevant section of law is Title 8 USC § 1326 – Reentry of removed aliens. Section (b) of that statute addresses “Criminal penalties for reentry of certain removed aliens.”
Anyone desperate and determined enough to run the risk of a 20 year jail sentence should give everyone, including Bloomberg “cause for pause!”
If Mr. Bloomberg is apprehensive trespassers in public housing, then he should be no less apprehensive about those foreign nationals who trespass on the United States.