Croci’s bill to cut funding for ‘sanctuary cites’ advances in state Senate

Posted: Updated:
ISLIP -

So-called sanctuary cities in New York will be cut off from state funding under a proposed law sponsored by state Sen. Tom Croci (R-Islip).

Sen. Croci says local governments shouldn't be harboring immigrants who come to the U.S. illegally and then get arrested. He says the alleged MS-13 killings of two Brentwood teens inspired him to sponsor the bill.

News 12 Long Island has reported extensively about 16-year-old Kayla Cuevas and her friend, 15-year-old Nisa Mickens, who were found beaten and stabbed in Brentwood in September 2016.

“Ten of the 13 individuals arrested in connection with the killings in Brentwood were here illegally in the United States,” says Croci.

The state Senate passed the measure, which now heads to the state Assembly.

Immigrant advocate Sandra Castro says Croci's bill will lead to less public safety and more fear in immigrant communities.

“I think it makes our communities less safe. It really provides for more suspicion of the police…because now they have to act as ICE,” said Castro. “There's no distinguishing between a local police officer and a federal official and communities become very wary of that and very scared.”

Croci says the proposed law does not apply to undocumented immigrants who are victims of a crime or who are reporting a crime.

The bill now heads to the Democrat-controlled Assembly, where immigrant advocates predict the measure will die.

  • SlideshowsSlideshowsMore>>

  • President Trump and first lady visit Great Britain

    President Trump and first lady visit Great Britain

    Photos of President Donald Trump's visit to the United Kingdom in July 2018. Images via Getty.

    Photos of President Donald Trump's visit to the United Kingdom in July 2018. Images via Getty.

  • Dog Day Fridays for July 13

    Dog Day Fridays for July 13

    Friday, July 13 2018 7:57 AM EDT2018-07-13 11:57:52 GMT
    Franklin, a 4-month-old neutered male, was rescued off the streets of Puerto Rico. Franklin is great with all!Franklin, a 4-month-old neutered male, was rescued off the streets of Puerto Rico. Franklin is great with all!

    This week's dogs are up for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue & Adoption. The shelter is located at 646 Route 112 in Patchogue. Their phone number is (631) 627-3665.

    This week's dogs are up for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue & Adoption. The shelter is located at 646 Route 112 in Patchogue. Their phone number is (631) 627-3665.

  • 2018 Great South Bay Music Festival lineup

    2018 Great South Bay Music Festival lineup

    Friday, March 30 2018 5:12 PM EDT2018-03-30 21:12:25 GMT
    SUBLIME with Rome will perform Friday, July 13.SUBLIME with Rome will perform Friday, July 13.

    This classic Long Island festival runs July 12, 13, 14 and 15 at Shorefront Park in Patchogue. Get tickets and more information at GreatSouthBayMusicFestival.com

    This classic Long Island festival runs July 12, 13, 14 and 15 at Shorefront Park in Patchogue. Get tickets and more information at GreatSouthBayMusicFestival.com

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."