Lalor Asks Cuomo Why New York is Hiding Illegal Immigrant Policy From the Public

Fishkill, NY - (8/19/14) - Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - Fishkill) is asking Governor Cuomo to be honest with New Yorkers about the placement of illegal immigrant minors in New York State and take a public stand on illegal immigration.

“According to published reports and federal data, New York has received 3,347 illegal immigrant minors including some in Dutchess County, the county that I represent,” said Lalor. “In Dutchess County, local officials were not informed of this placement and only learned of it from constituents. Why did your administration choose not to inform local officials about the placement of illegal immigrant minors in their communities?”

Lalor continued, “I’m disappointed that the placement of illegal immigrant minors in our state was kept secret from local officials. According to the Washington Post, at least 32 governors have made statements on the border crisis and how it relates to their state, including governors in states that are not hosting illegal immigrant minors. Our state has received thousands of the illegal border crossers, but our chief executive has remained silent. New Yorkers shouldn't be kept in the dark.”

“The illegal immigration issue is particularly important to New Yorkers because state lawmakers are proposing legislation that would allow non-citizens, including illegal immigrants, the right to vote and receive Medicaid coverage,” Lalor adds. “Meanwhile, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Council are moving ahead with a controversial plan to give official city identification cards to illegal immigrants. Finally, New York City’s federal immigration judges are the most lenient in the country, granting asylum to 80 percent of those who seek it. These factors make our state a magnet for illegal immigrants. We need to know where you stand on these policies, Governor Cuomo.”

Specifically Lalor asked Cuomo:

  1. Why did your administration choose not to inform local officials about the placement of illegal immigrant minors in their communities?
  2. Will you prevent New York State tax dollars from being spent to support illegal immigrants?
  3. Do you support or oppose State Senator Rivera’s proposal to allow illegal immigrants to vote and qualify for Medicaid coverage?
  4. Do you support or oppose Mayor de Blasio’s plan to give official city identification cards to illegal immigrants?

Lalor concluded, “Thirty-two governors have made statements on the border crisis and how it affects their states. New York needs to hear from Governor Cuomo and his administration.”