Support Assemblyman Greg Ball's 287G Program

I Support Assemblyman Gregory R. Ball Assembly Bill A10593. And I encourage my local, county and state law enforcement agencies to file an application for 287g and support this bill of which will do the following for NY: 1) Public safety - a fundamental responsibility of every elected offi- cial in New York State. While the vast majority of illegal immigrants are not,violent criminals, none have been subject to the Criminal Back- ground Checks required of lawful immigrants. Federal crime data from the Department of Justice shows that among all 50 States, New York spends more each year incarcerating Criminal Aliens than any State except Cali- fornia. In 2007, the taxpayers of New York spent $165 Million incarcer- ating Criminal Aliens convicted of crimes committed here in New York. We can not continue to wait for Washington to address the vexing issue of illegal immigration. This legislation is aimed directly at Criminal Aliens on our streets, and incarcerated within our State, and it will guarantee that deportable Criminal Aliens including sex offenders are never released into the public. 2) Protecting scarce State budget resources - holding the Federal Government responsible. New York`s illegal alien population is costing the state`s taxpayers more than $4 billion per year for education, medical care and incarceration. The Federal government is in fact responsible for these costs. By requiring all vendors who do business with our State to comply with Federal immigration and Labor laws, we reward law abiding companies and ensure that lowest bidders are not cheating the system through the use of illegal alien labor. This legislation is a common sense measure to recover from Washington more of New York`s growing costs of incarcerating Criminal Aliens, and protect New York taxpayers. 3) Give New York`s law enforcement professionals the tools they desper- ately need. Criminal Aliens residing in New York, including violent members of international drug gangs, document forgers and sexual preda- tors, all use lax enforcement of Federal immigration laws to avoid capture and arrest. This legislation will help create a seamless web of law enforcement within New York State, and it will give the men and women who patrol our streets and highways the training and cooperation with ICE that they must have to be effective.

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