Ball Backs Continuing Secure Communities Program

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Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County, said today that Gov. Andrew Cuomo should reconsider last week’s decision to suspend New York’s participation in the federal Secure Communities Program, saying it was “created to quickly and accurately identify dangerous criminals who are arrested for a crime and booked into local law enforcement custody.”

Cuomo withdrew the state from the federal program last week, saying there is “mounting evidence that the program is not meeting its stated goal and has serious consequences for witnesses, victims of crime and law enforcement.”

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick today pulled his state out of the program.

Cuomo’s decision was hailed by immigration-rights groups and fellow Democrats. But Ball is taking the opposite view. He said he’s holding a hearing June 15 to review the governor’s decision.

Ball is chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee.

“Nearly ten years after 9/11, we still have not thoroughly secured our soft underbelly in New York City or our suburbs. Radio operability and interoperability is still a real issue,” Ball said in a statement. “Much of New York City, outside of lower Manhattan, has not been thoroughly hardened. Core communications and transportation infrastructure is not secure at a moment when we should be looking at ways to provide more tools to law enforcement. This Governor is now suspending a vital law enforcement tool. Knowing what we know about those who seek to harm us, this move is a dereliction of duty and just one more ingredient in a recipe for disaster.”

Ball’s news release also included a statement from Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith, who says the program “provides an automated system for law enforcement to check the fingerprints of an arrested person against records in the computer database maintained by federal immigration authorities. It enables police to find out quickly and accurately, whether a person who has been charged with a state crime has also committed an immigration related offense.”

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  1. Brittanicus on

    Here are some points that must be considered, with the scourge of illegal immigration? We should amend the 1986 Immigration Control and Reform Bill, signed by the late President Reagan. So there is an expeditious visa authority to allow the highest concentrations of highly skilled workers. So Instead of our brain drain through American companies going overseas, we bring in these job seekers. Our biggest problem of this century is not stopping illegal immigration, as although we need top notch professional workers, we must do everything in our power to stop the stream of endless poverty. Not mediocre job seekers, from India and other low income countries from abroad, but the people who have amassed verifiable science degrees in engineering or computer technology. People who will not become a weighted down welfare recipient, or need public assistance to survive.

    The farm worker dilemma after the 1986 Simpson-Mazzoli bill was rampant with fraud, which eventually cost US taxpayers 73 billion dollars amid an extra 4 million people subsisting on welfare entitlements. After these people staked their amnesty claim, they disappeared and turned up in the main job market. The main loser was the farmers and agriculture. I don’t think the politicians in Washington have any idea, if another amnesty was made the law of the land? The 11 million we supposedly have in the illegal alien population, within months would materialize into 20 million plus? Can you imagine the mounting financial burden of legalizing these numbers? If it was 73 billion dollars, just after 1986, can anybody estimate the cost today?

    The Heritage Foundation, a non- profit, that it would cost tax payers through future years at least $ 2.6 TRILLION DOLLARS.

    In a nation going broke and proportionately owned by Communist China, wealthy Arabs and other rich investors? While our manufacturing industry closes down for good, locations like China are stealing our dollars through marketing cheap goods. American corporations in Mexico and other foreign countries, are using the CAFTA and NAFTA treaties, are also stealing our children’s futures. I cannot understand the mentality of these treaty negotiators; a blind monkey could do better? We owe more money to the rest of the world, than ever before; we are the debtor instead of the lender. It’s difficult even to understand the magnitude of $14.5 Trillion dollars and yet this country is still importing poverty, because our borders remain porous?

    We need strong, unbending attitudes of people as Rep. Lou Bartlett whose previous legislation would have finally put an end to any facet of Amnesty, masquerading as Immigration Reform and current laws as E-Verify. This was the real substance of upheaval that opened the dam, on the rising consequences of illegal immigration and the expenditures of small towns like Hazleton, Pennsylvania. It was renounced by the administration who filed a lawsuit. However the Supreme Court has deliberated, informing the 3rd Circuit Court in PA of appeals to reconsider the case. As for the Supreme court rejecting a law that will stop illegal alien students from getting in-state tuition. I think a massive battle is building in America that is about to explode, with likely civil unrest .

    Today, the people who are coming here illegally are economic aliens; with past and today’s governments ignoring the damaging outcome. Not only are these new sweeping economical aliens here, with their hands out, but they are stealing money through giant loopholes in the tax refund system. As an addition more than $40 billion dollars is transferred to foreign banks every year. It scares me where either the Liberal-Democrats or the Republicans are taking us? I cannot even afford to send my autistic son to college, but the children of illegal aliens are getting in State tuition, in many academic institutions. My now deceased grandmother couldn’t even have her dentures repaired some years back in California, but the children of illegal aliens get free education, free health care, free breakfast and lunch at; all the family has more monetary privileges than citizens, especially if you conceive a child will squatting here.

    Of those illegal immigrants who pay taxes using the ITIN, to feel more secure, collects most of it back in refunds. This country is deterioration fast, because of spending on people who have no right to even be here. For me and millions of patriotic Americans, no matter your race or religion the TEA PARTY is our only hope? Illegal immigration has become a major impediment in our social entitlement system, so we must fight this tumor that is eating away at common sense. It’s my hope that Michelle Bachmann steps into ring, realizing she is going to be attacked on all fronts by our shadow government, the George Soros’s and the fanatics who wants world government and open borders.

    IS THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER EXPECTED TO PAY FOR EVERY ILLEGAL ALIEN, FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES?

    Attn: The Arizona Senate has defied the majority of the American people, THE TEA PARTY and stripped the 14th Amendment, instant citizenship law from moving towards the Supreme Court. By deliberately not addressing this gaping loophole, Congress in effect rewards law-breakers and punishes those who have chosen to follow the rules and immigrate legally. We expect it from the leftist and the democrats, but all will be intensely remembered in 2012, or whenever they come up for re-election. This is a hundred billion dollar Ponzi scheme, even bigger than Bernard Madoff could ever imagine.

    IS THERE NOT A REAL AMERICAN STATE LEADER THAT WILL EMBRACE THIS PART OF THE 14TH AMENDMENT, AND FAST TRACK IT TO THE SUPREME COURT? WHERE ARE THE REAL POLITICIANS AND NOT THE CLOWNS?

    Estimates are around 300.000 babies annually are intentionally born to illegal aliens, so they hope not to get deported. Taxpayers need to yell at their incompetence and frightening aspect of reneging on the instant citizenship going to the justices.

    WHY SHOULD AMERICAN CITIZENS AND LEGAL RESIDENTS BE FORCED TO PAY FOR BABIES OF ILLEGAL PARENTS? OUR US CONSTITUTION IS BEING TRAMPLED INTO FECES, BY BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES.

    This is the exact tumult that began 1776 War of Independence? “TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION?” THIS IS YOUR MONEY THERE SPENDING.

  2. Oust illegals on

    Sheesh. I can’t beat Brittanicus. But I’ll have my 2 cents. Kudos to Greg Ball for doing to right thing in the face of a governor who is looking only to pander to as many sides as possible, building himself up for President. Ball will be president before Cuomo.

    And why is Don Smith quoted here? What does he know about any of this stuff? he probably didn’t even write the press release! Another example of waste in government.

  3. would somebody get rid of Sheriff Don Smith already? The comedy show is over. He didn’t have the courage to enforce any laws against serial political thief Vincent Leibell III. He’s a politican in a nice suit, bumbling, bumbling, bumbling his way through the day. And, despite how that recent lawsuit wound up, Smith spent an awful lot of time away from Putnam, usually bailing his son out of trouble.