NY Lawmaker Calls ID’s For Immigrants ‘Terrorist Empowerment’

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New York state Sen. Greg Ball (R) blasted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to give municipal identification cards to city residents “regardless of immigration status” in a press release issued Wednesday. Ball dubbed de Blasio “crazed” and said the plan amounted to “terrorist empowerment.”

“Now a decade plus after 9-11, New York’s extremist Mayor is laying out a hair brained scheme that can simply be dubbed the ‘de Blasio Terrorist Empowerment Act’. My concern is not about the illegal alien dish washer looking to get to work, this extreme Mayor’s proposal, joined by efforts in the New York State Senate to provide New York State driver’s licenses to illegals, will simply provide a mask to those seeking to harm the United States,” Ball said.

Ball went on to invoke federal laws raising standards for identification that were passed in the wake of the September 11th attacks.

“Among the September 11th terrorists, 19 of them had over 300 aliases and identifications. They went to other states with lax identification laws and that’s why the U.S. Congress enacted the Real ID Act, to save lives,” Ball said. “Now this crazed Mayor wants to forget all that. New York’s security is America’s security.”

De Blasio outlined the municipal ID proposal in his “State of the City” address Monday.

Ball is an especially outspoken lawmaker. He has previously made headlines with strongly-worded statements on the Boston bombings and gay marriage as well as with his hard-nosed campaign tactics.

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