Bipartisan bill would repeal New York's 'sanctuary city' laws

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A duo of New York City Council members are mobilizing to introduce a bill to end sanctuary policies adopted under former Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Council members Robert Holden, a Democrat, and Joe Borelli, a Republican, plan to introduce legislation Thursday that would roll back de Blasio-era policies and make it easier for city law enforcement to cooperate with federal immigration authorities, according to a report. from the New York Post.

“Sanctuary city laws endanger all New Yorkers, whether immigrants or longtime residents, by preventing the NYPD and DOC from working with ICE,” Holden told the New York Post. “We don't need to import criminals, and just 23 years after 9/11, we have forgotten the deadly consequences of poor interagency communication. We must repeal these laws immediately.”


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Eric Adams, Mayor of New York (AP Photo/Peter K. Afriyie, file)

The bill, which is expected to face significant resistance from the city's Democratic-majority council, would roll back restrictions that prohibit the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and Corrections and probation officer to cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The bill would also overturn a rule that prohibits municipal agencies from partnering with ICE on matters of federal immigration law, according to the New York Post report.

This bipartisan effort comes after several high-profile crimes against migrants, including the murder of Georgia nursing student Laken Riley.

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Hundreds of asylum seekers line up outside the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building on June 6, 2023, in New York. (David Dee Delgado/Getty Images)

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“Like most things in New York, sanctuary city policy is a social experiment gone off the rails,” Borelli told the New York Post. “All of the issues with these local laws came to light during the public hearing process, but the Council simply stepped harder on the accelerator.”

New York City Mayor Eric Adams, who succeeded de Blasio, has in the past shown himself willing to relax the city's sanctuary policies, with the New York Post noting that the mayor called migrants ” suspected” of “serious” crimes to be handed over to ICE.

Migrants in New York

Asylum seekers line up outside the historic Roosevelt Hotel, which has been transformed into a city-run shelter for migrant families newly arriving in New York. (Selcuk Acar/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)


Adams has not yet indicated whether he would support the new legislation. His office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.


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