Us Money And We'll Talk
From Nowy Dziennik
May 28, 2004
By Marek Tomaszewski
New York Police Department refuses to play a role in the search
for illegal immigrants. On Tuesday, May 25, 500 officials from the
Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement began a search for
illegal immigrant with a criminal past in the New York metropolitan
area. The New York Police Department did not offer to help with
The Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement is taking this
action in New York City, Long Island and the northern Westchester
Their main goal is
to catch those
who have broken the law while residing in the United States illegally.
In such a situation, it is apparent that individuals who are here
illegally but who have not committed any crimes may be arrested
Federal officials were denied assistance in the operation
by the head of the New York Police Department. Washington asked that in addition to the
federal workers, 185 New York Police Department officers should help with the searches. “They
told us to do everything their way,” said one of the New York Police Department
Paul Browne of the New York Police Department confirmed that Kelly,
the Chief of the Police had earlier agreed to the use of less than
by Washington 185 policemen in the searches. However, “due
to the non-negotiable Federal stand,” the Chief of the Police
said, “the NYPD will not be involved at all.”
believe that Kelly’s decision was influenced
by the fact that New York did not receive sufficient funds to fight
terrorism. According to city officials the funds the city receives
cover only half of the costs. They also added that 1000 New York Police Department officers
are already working in special antiterrorist brigades.
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Translated from Polish by Malwina Siedlinska.