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Capano Calls on Opponents to state position on Mayor complying with Immigration Law

CAPANO: “I do not believe New York City should risk losing these vital funds because of the Mayor’s ideological agenda. I hope John Quaglione and Justin Brannan agree.”

NYC Has 10 Days To Reverse Sanctuary City Policies Or Lose Federal Funds

Today, Bob Capano, a staunch supporter of the NYPD and Reform Party candidate in Brooklyn’s 43rd City Council District (Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach) called on his opponents, John Quaglione and Justin Brannan, to join his call for Mayor Bill de Blasio to comply with federal immigration laws so that New York City does not have to repay $4.3 million in federal grant funds received in 2016 for law enforcement.

Capano, a businessman and educator stated, “Our sanctuary city policies and federal grants to our local law enforcement are fundamental issues for New York City. Voters are tired of career politicians talking out of both sides of their mouth, so I ask my opponents to join me in unequivocally calling on Mayor de Blasio to follow federal immigration laws. New York City should not lose law enforcement funding because Mayor de Blasio would rather protect criminal aliens over law-abiding citizens. Mayor de Blasio’s sanctuary city policies are costing New Yorkers. It’s bad enough we are spending $27 million of tax dollars to block the deportation of illegal alien felons in city jails, but now the Mayor wants to risk us losing another $4.3 million and future federal grants. Enough is enough.”

Last week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that New York City would have to repay millions of dollars in grants, and risk future funds, if Mayor de Blasio does not reverse his sanctuary city policies by October 27th. Other local governments warned by the Attorney General that they must comply with federal law include Philadelphia, New Orleans, and Chicago.

The $4.3 million New York City would have to pay back is from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program used for anti-terrorism programs. It requires localities to share information with federal officials of criminal suspects who are undocumented immigrants. The warning from the Attorney General was a result of an Executive Order signed by President Trump in January requiring the Department of Justice to review compliance with federal immigration laws by cities.

The federal law in question is 8 U.S.C. 1373, states that local governments “may not prohibit, or in any way restrict” information about “the citizenship or immigration status” of individuals to federal authorities.

Capano, an adjunct Professor of Political Science for over 15 years, who also was a top aide for two Republican Members of Congress, Vito Fossella and Bob Turner, added “This is American Government 101, the federal government can make grants contingent on following their laws and guidelines. I do not believe New York City should risk losing these vital funds because of the Mayor’s ideological agenda. I hope John Quaglione and Justin Brannan agree.”

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