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The Bobster
01-30-2017, 09:21 AM

Senate proposes bill to prevent destruction of municipal ID records
By Carl Campanile
January 29, 2017 | 10:13pm

New York State Senator Terrence Murphy
Hans Pennink

The Republican-controlled New York state Senate is proposing legislation that would bar Mayor de Blasio from destroying documents containing personal information about individuals enrolled in his municipal identification program.

The bill would require the city to turn over to the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security and the Office of New Americans all IDNYC documents within 10 days of creating an ID application.

State Sen. Terrence Murphy (Patriot-Hudson Valley), the author of the measure, complained that the city ID Law allows the destruction of records “in an effort to evade the enforcement of federal immigration laws.”

“We don’t have enough ways of vetting for illegal immigrants coming into the country. There is no way to track these people.” Murphy told The Post.

He said de Blasio should be helping to protect public safety and combat terrorism instead of refusing to preserve and turn over personal documents.

“Without the identifying information of these individuals, law enforcement would be unable to investigate money-laundering enterprises, which seek to fund potential terrorists attacks and other illicit activities,” the state senator said.

The city could get slapped with $1,000 fine for each document it refuses to send to the feds if the bill becomes law.

De Blasio’s office on Sunday slammed the Murphy measure as counterproductive. :rolleyes:

“Rather than side with xenophobia, the mayor will side with our police commissioner and counter-terror chief who have both said the card makes our city safer,” said mayoral spokeswoman Rosemary Boeglin.

Last month, the de Blasio administration put in place a policy vowing that it will “not hold any underlying identity or residency documents in support of an application.”

There are an estimated 500,000 undocumented immigrants in New York City. There are about 900,000 IDNYC cardholders. The city does not ask applicants about residency status.

The legislation will face resistance in the Democratic-run Assembly, which is more sympathetic to helping, not deporting, undocumented immigrants.

The Bobster
01-30-2017, 09:37 AM

Lawsuit trying to stop destruction of municipal ID records under review
By Aaron Short
January 29, 2017 | 5:43pm

Bill de Blasio debuts his municipal identification card at a press conference in 2015. Dennis A. Clark

Two Congressional committees are reviewing a lawsuit seeking to stop the city from destroying municipal-ID card records, sources told The Post.

Officials with the Senate Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Investigations and the House Committee on Homeland Security have received copies of a suit seeking to preserve such records and are discussing whether to investigate Mayor de Blasio’s policy that seeks to destroy them, sources said.

The government-issued IDNYC card has been popular among undocumented immigrants because it allows any city resident age 14 and older to access government buildings and open bank accounts regardless of their immigration status.

De Blasio vowed in November to protect city immigrants by deleting any personal information collected from municipal ID cardholders or retaining records of new cardholders after January in defiance of President Trump’s promises to deport undocumented criminal offenders.

“The mayor has made it very clear the city will do everything in its power to protect the privacy and confidentiality of New Yorkers,” a City Hall spokeswoman said Friday.

But Staten Island Republican Assemblyman Ron Castorina, one of the lawsuit plaintiffs, said de Blasio was “fear mongering” among voters since federal law enforcement agencies can pull other government records, such as school and health records, to help them in deportation proceedings.

“This is his re-election campaign,” the lawmaker said. “He is running against Donald Trump.”

He said hoped Congress called the preservation of IDNYC records an “issue of national security and the integrity of our financial services.”

Trump has not made any statements on municipal ID programs or said he would use its data for deportations but Castorina sent a copy of his lawsuit to White House attorneys last week.

Castorina said the mayor should stay out of the immigration debate.

“I’m in a longtime supporter of pathway to citizenship, but my personal opinions aside, the mayor doesn’t have any business in immigration policy,” he said. “If he wants to wade into immigration maybe he should run for Congress.”