Brewster, N.Y. – 02/12/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the New York State Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to provide identification cards to illegal aliens.

“Now a decade plus after 9-11, New York’s extremist Mayor is laying out a hair brained scheme that can simply be dubbed the ‘de Blasio Terrorist Empowerment Act’. My concern is not about the illegal alien dish washer looking to get to work, this extreme Mayor’s proposal, joined by efforts in the New York State Senate to provide New York State driver’s licenses to illegals, will simply provide a mask to those seeking to harm the United States. Among the September 11th terrorists, 19 of them had over 300 aliases and identifications. They went to other states with lax identification laws and that’s why the U.S. Congress enacted the Real ID Act, to save lives. Now this crazed Mayor wants to forget all that. New York’s security is America’s security. While this new Mayor is now free to focus on carriage horses and beyond, he should look back in recent memory when more responsible Mayors took terrorism and security more seriously. Beyond the fact that this action, if the federal government actually enforced its laws, constitutes a felony by the Mayor for aiding and abetting, this Mayor’s proposal is a homeland security nightmare, and must be stopped,” said Senator Greg Ball.

Senator Greg Ball will host a Homeland Security Hearing in New York City focused on Mayor de Blasio’s plan to provide illegal immigrants with identification cards as well as legislation in the New York State Senate that would give undocumented aliens access to driver’s licenses. The hearing will be hosted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at the NYC Senate Hearing Room located at 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York.

For more information, please contact jbachmei@nysenate.gov or (845) 531-9796


About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →
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