New York Governor Kathy Hochul said that the deportation of illegal aliens who beat two NYPD officers to the ground in Times Square could be on the table.
With outrage mounting over the shocking incident that was captured on video and posted to social media where it went viral, some Republican lawmakers have called for the attackers to be sent back to where they came from. Now even the state’s top Democrat seems to be growing weary of the migrant crime wave.
“I think that’s actually something that should be looked at,” Hochul said when asked by reporters about whether deporting the thugs who attacked the New York City cops was an option.
WANTED for ASSAULT: on 1/27 at approx. 8:30 PM, individuals kicked & punched police officers in the head & body when officers were effecting an arrest in front of 220 W 42nd Street. The individuals fled on foot towards 7th Ave. Any info? DM or call @nypdtips at 800-577-TIPS. pic.twitter.com/UDusqdbGgf
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) January 30, 2024
“I mean, if someone commits a crime against a police officer in the state of New York and they’re not here legally, it’s definitely worth checking into,” she added in remarks reported by the New York Post.
“These are law enforcement officers who should never under any circumstances be subjected to physical assault,” added Hochul who addressed the press after she announced the nomination of Steven G. James as New York State Police Superintendent on Wednesday. “It’s wrong on all accounts and I’m looking to judges and prosecutors to do the right thing.”
The left-wing governor, like her fellow Democrats, has consistently championed the rights of illegal aliens but some are singing a different tune now that it’s clear that many of the new arrivals who have overwhelmed the sanctuary city are hardened criminals.
The video footage showed the incident which took place on January 27 on West 42nd Street as the two NYPD officers are seen interacting with a group of migrants before a scuffle broke out that ended up with both cops wrestling with an individual on the ground as others kick and punch them before taking flight.
Five men were identified and arrested for the attack.
— Nicole Malliotakis (@NMalliotakis) February 1, 2024
“That law that’s prohibiting cooperation between NYPD and federal immigration enforcement — it just has to stop,” Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) told the New York Post.
“Republicans, Independents, Democrats should at least be able to agree that if you’re in this city, and you’re committing a crime, you have given up any opportunity to ever become a part of this citizenry, period.” the Staten Island Republican added.
“We warned more than a year ago about letting all these migrants in. Now we’re getting the worst of the worst,” Staten Island Borough President Vito Fossella told the outlet. “I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t deport these individuals immediately for assaulting our police officers.”
“This is the fruit of the poisonous tree,” he said. “We shouldn’t spend one more penny on them. Now they have a license to attack our police officers? Is this the world we created?”
“The Big Apple’s ‘sanctuary city’ status, makes it illegal to notify US Immigration and Customs Enforcement about criminal defendants, such as those charged in the Midtown cop-beating,” the New York Post reported.
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