From the Times Ledger:
The Juniper Park Civic Association will host a news conference outside City Hall to show its opposition to a bill City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) recently co-sponsored that would protect certain illegal immigrants from being deported.
“I think it is an insult to have our councilwoman as a co-sponsor,” said Robert Holden, president of the civic. “How could she do this?”
The bill would spare deportation for illegal immigrants in Rikers Island who have no prior arrests and have not been charged with a crime.
“Crowley thinks we don’t have enough criminals in New York City and the state, that we should take some from other countries,” he said to cheers from the roughly 50 people gathered at the bimonthly meeting. “Does anybody feel we should protect criminals who are in this country illegally?”
No one said yes.
Actually, you would have to be charged with a crime in order to be held at Rikers. You could be held there awaiting trial if you don't have bail money or if bail was withheld. Fact is, once you enter the country without permission, you have committed a crime. Breaking of the law needs to have a consequence.