Suffolk County executive creates coalition to fight for immigration law changes

Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy has joined with Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton to create a national coalition to control illegal immigration.

The coalition, to be made up of mayors and executives, will urge the Federal government to tighten its borders and to reimburse local governments for costs incurred by thousands of people not paying taxes. Officials say there are an estimated 35,000 to 40,000 illegal aliens in Suffolk County alone, and one of the challenges of the coalition will be to find a dollar amount of the cost to the county.

Levy has asked 3,000 mayors and executives from across the country to join the coalition. A formal presentation to Congress is expected in February.

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