9/11 Families Call Paterson’s Initiative a Vicious Attack on Crime Victims
Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) today united with members of 9/11 Families for a Secure America to denounce Governor David Paterson, who last week announced the creation of a new 5-person panel to pardon violent criminals facing deportation for their crimes.
“The Governor’s panel is an assault on common decency and sense, and threatens the security of New Yorkers while turning the Empire State into a Penitentiary State,” Ball said. “The Governor single-handedly intends to defy the Federal Government and clear violent criminals of their record because he wants to ‘soften the blow’ and invalidate the consequences of their actions. This panel is a threat to our communities and a slap in the face to hardworking, honest immigrants who wait for years for the bureaucracy of our naturalization services to finally grant their citizenship.”
In a press release, the Governor issued an “assurance” that “not all violent offenders will be pardoned.”
Ball continued, “Let’s not forget, we’re talking about repeat offenders and violent criminals who the Governor intends to return to society with a cleared criminal record.”
The members of 9/11 Families for a Secure America said they are appalled that Governor Paterson is considering pardoning illegal aliens convicted of state crimes in order to shield them from deportation.
Joan Molinaro whose son Carl was a New York City firefighter killed on 9/11 while attempting to rescue World Trade Center victims, said, “Because all members of 9/11 FSA are either the victims of crimes committed by aliens or survivors of crimes committed by illegals, victims have to speak out on their behalf and state our opposition to the Governor’s insane plan.”
Retired NYPD officer Bruce DeCell, father-in-law of Mark Petrocelli, a WTC victim, said, “People from other countries who come to the United States have an obligation to obey our laws. No one should be above the law, but Paterson’s intention to pardon criminal aliens creates a specific privileged class of criminals eligible for pardon. And to be eligible the criminal has to be a non-citizen. Under his plan, criminals who are citzens won’t get pardons because they aren’t immigrants. We oppose mass pardons for any class of lawbreakers, citizen or not.”
Ed Kowalski, the uncle of 17-year-old Elizabeth Butler, the victim of rape and murder by an illegal alien said, “Paterson’s special pardons for criminal aliens is a kick in the teeth of every American who has been the victim of an alien criminal. Paterson’s plan is a vicious attack on the memory of my niece and other victims of criminal aliens. The Governor wants to specifically create a special privilege for a what seems to be his favorite type of New Yorker, criminal aliens.”
Kowalski continued, “Evidently, Governor Paterson thinks the inscription below the Statue of Liberty should read: ‘Give me your outlaws and predators, yearning to begin a new life of crime in America.’ ”
The members of 9/11 Families for a Secure America concluded, “We who have been the victims of criminal aliens in terrorist act or in street crimes demand stricter enforcement of immigration law, not its defiance by politicians looking for votes.”