As a result of New York City’s sanctuary city laws and blatant disregard for the safety and wellbeing of law-abiding New Yorkers, an innocent elderly woman, Ms. Maria Fuertes, was brutally assaulted and killed leaving a family heartbroken and our communities terrified.
Late last year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a detainer for 21-year-old Reeaz Khan – who is in this country illegally – after he was arrested on weapons charges. As a result of New York City’s sanctuary city laws, local law enforcement was blocked from complying with this order and from cooperating with federal authorities in general. Khan was released back onto the streets where he was free to reoffend. Last week, Khan was arrested again, this time for the sexual assault and murder of Ms. Fuertes.
“The role of law enforcement is to keep our communities safe – plain and simple,” said Assemblyman Mike LiPetri. “When Bill de Blasio and other radical left-wing politicians adopt sanctuary city laws, they tie the hands of our police and jeopardize our communities. This is a gross obstruction of American justice.”
For those who support sanctuary city laws like Mayor Bill de Blasio, they often tout the measures as a form of social justice. In reality, all these policies stand to do is shield and protect criminals rather than ensuring the safety of law-abiding Americans.
“This is a matter of public safety. It’s about right versus wrong. For these sanctuary sympathizers to throw law-and-order out the window because they would rather play partisan politics, they are telling every law-abiding American that their life does not matter, their families lives do not matter, and that they will protect criminals at all costs – even if that means we face deadly consequences. It’s shameful,” LiPetri concluded.
Assemblyman LiPetri represents the South Shore of Long Island spanning Nassau and Suffolk counties.