Hearing to determine the effects of suspension of vital law enforcement tool
ALBANY, NY (6/13/2011) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C-Patterson), Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee is urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to reconsider his decision to suspend New York’s participation in the Secure Communities Program (S-Comm). Senator Ball is holding a Homeland Security Hearing on Wednesday, June 15 to determine the consequences of Governor Cuomo’s decision.
S-Comm is a public safety measure that identifies dangerous criminals with foreign criminal records. Under S-Comm, the fingerprints of everyone arrested and booked in New York are not only checked against FBI criminal history records, but they are also checked against the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) immigration records. If fingerprints match DHS records, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) determines if immigration enforcement action is required. Since its inception, the a public safety measure has been responsible for deporting over 77,000 criminal illegal aliens, including more than 25,000 violent criminal illegal aliens such as murderers, rapists and child predators.
WHO: Senator Greg Ball, Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee
Sheriff Donald Smith, Putnam County
Michael Cutler, Retired INS Agent
Ed Kowalski, 9/11 Families for Secure America
WHERE: Van Buren Hearing Room A
Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor
WHEN: Wednesday, June 15
9:45-10:00 a.m. (Media Availability)
10:00-11:00 a.m. (Hearing)