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MURRAY TO SPONSOR LEGISLATION TO ELIMINATE SANCTUARY CITIES

Cites enforcement of immigration laws as crucial to combating terrorist threat

For IMMEDIATE Release: October 21, 2015

Assemblyman Dean Murray (R,C,I-East Patchogue) today announced he is joining Sen. Tom Croci in sponsoring legislation eliminating “sanctuary cities,” locations where immigration laws are not enforced. The legislation also blocks sanctuary cities from receiving federal, state and local aid until they are in compliance with federal immigration statutes. Mirroring Senate Bill S-6032, Murray sees this act as essential to keeping Long Island, home to many veterans and military families, safe.

“With ISIS threatening the lives of our veterans and their families at home, we can’t afford to be lax when it comes to securing our communities,” said Murray. “That means eliminating sanctuary cities and enforcing immigration laws.

“In addition to having numerous “sanctuary cities,” Long Island also has a large veteran and military family population. They, and all our residents, have a fundamental right to be kept safe from those actively seeking to do them harm. Shutting down sanctuary cities and withholding aid to locations that harbor a potential terrorist threat just makes sense.

“No one, regardless of legal status, should be exempt from federal laws. I commend Sen. Croci for spearheading this common-sense legislation in the Senate and am proud to sponsor the Assembly companion bill. I look forward to continuing my work with him to make our communities even stronger, safer and more vibrant than ever,” Murray concluded.