Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R,C,I,Ref-Mahopac) has voted against a legislative package that would grant illegal immigrants taxpayer funded college tuition assistance, encourage New York City's ID program that grants government issued IDs to improperly vetted illegal immigrants, and make New York a "Sanctuary State."
These bills circumvent recent proposals and directives enacted by Federal Immigration authorities and include making New York a Sanctuary State, allowing safe harbor for illegal immigrants, preventing FOIL request applications for New York City ID cards, lessening sentences for convicted class A and non-classified misdemeanor offenders, and the DREAM Act, which will allow illegal immigrants to qualify for in-state college tuition benefits.
"My heritage proudly includes immigrants from Ireland, Germany, and England. Diversity is an American strength when immigration is legal. We are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws." said Byrne.
As legislators, our priority should be to better serve our citizenry and support those who obey the laws of our nation and our state. Instead, were debating the merits of free college for illegal immigrants while at the same time weakening current prison sentences in an effort to shield criminal immigrants from federal deportation proceedings.
Assemblyman Byrne has recently co- sponsored A02872A to eliminate sanctuary cities by requiring local governments to comply with federal immigration law and also plans to introduce a companion bill in the Assembly to Sen. Murphys S.3848, which mandates that cities like New York that issue ID cards maintain all applications and not destroy any such information.