New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio considers drunk driving a minor offense when it comes to the release of illegals arrested for the crime.
New York City has been a sanctuary city since de Blasio approved the status back in October of 2104.
During a recent interview on CNN’s State of the Union, host Jake Tapper asked the mayor what level of crime it would take for New York to comply with handing over illegal immigrants to the federal authorities.
Tapper asked, “Under a new sanctuary city that you approved in October 2014, the city of New York shields from the feds undocumented immigrants who commit what are deemed to be lesser offenses, but they include drunk driving and grand larceny. Why shouldn’t the city of New York comply with federal law in this area? If you’re a drunk driver and you’re an undocumented immigrant, why should there be a place for you in this country?”
Mayor de Blasio replied with this:
“Jake, there are 170 offenses in that law that are listed as serious and violent crimes that lead to automatic cooperation between the city of New York and our federal partners,” de Blasio said. “So any serious and violent crime, we’re going to work with them.”
The mayor then added that minor offenses do not warrant deportation from the United States.
Tapper asked the mayor, “Is grand larceny or drunk driving a very minor offense?”
“Drunk driving that does not lead to any other negative outcome I could define as that.” de Blasio then added, “If anyone does a serious crime, I agree, they shouldn’t be here.”
SEE VIDEO OF THE INTERVIEW BELOW:
H/T: Free Beacon
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