New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio essentially said that illegals that commit drunk driving offenses shouldn't be deported.
In a Sunday appearance on CNN's State of the Union, de Blasio explained his efforts to resist Trump's executive order blocking funding to sanctuary cities, which led to anchor Jake Tapper pointing out that New York City law protects drunk driving illegals. Tapper then asked why New York City shouldn't comply with the federal government in this area.
"Jake, there are 170 offenses listed in that law that are listed as serious and violent crimes that lead to automatic cooperation between the city of New York and our federal partners, so any serious and violent crime, we're going to work with them," de Blasio said.
De Blasio then rambled on about how their law protects illegals from being deported if they possessed marijuana or committed a minor traffic offense, like running a stop sign. Tapper wouldn't let de Blasio dodge the question, and when pressed de Blasio admitted that "drunk driving that does not lead to any other negative outcome" would be permissible under city law.
Rick Moran noted the absurdity of de Blasio's rationale in the American Thinker:
One assumes that de Blasio means death or serious injury resulting from drunk driving when he speaks of "negative outcome." But the reality is, many drunk drivers will drive drunk again, putting the driving public at risk. De Blasio seems perfectly willing to put the lives of New Yorkers at risk in service to a political agenda.
We don't know how many illegal aliens have been convicted of vehicular homicide as a result of their driving drunk. That's because the government refuses to keep statistics. DHS says vehicular homicide is not reason enough to detain an illegal alien to deport him. So de Blasio is perfectly comfortable in saying that drunk driving alone is not a serious offense.
One would hope the new administration would come down hard on cities that shield illegal aliens from deportation for serious offenses like drunk driving and grand larceny.
Don Rosenberg, whose son Drew was killed by a drunk-driving illegal alien, has conducted research through his nonprofit Unlicensed to Kill and found that "as many as 7,500 Americans -- 20 per day -- are killed annually by unlicensed drivers, and Rosenberg calculates that more than half are the victims of illegal immigrants," per Fox News. There are other examples of drunk driving illegals killing Americans here and here.
(h/t: The Hill)
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