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New York Governor Calls for Deportation of Migrants Involved in NYPD Assault

New York Governor Kathy Hochul has expressed her belief that migrants involved in a recent incident where they attacked two NYPD officers in Times Square should be deported.

The incident, captured on video, has raised questions about the immigration status of those arrested.

Assaulting Police as a Federal Crime

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Assaulting a police officer is considered a federal crime, potentially making the perpetrators eligible for deportation. Gov. Hochui, a Democrat, said, “Get them all and send them back. You don’t touch our police officers. You don’t touch anybody.”.

Incident in Times Square

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The incident occurred around 8:30 p.m. on a Saturday when officers attempted to disperse a disorderly group on 42nd Street.

Physical Altercation

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A physical altercation erupted during the police intervention.

Multiple individuals were seen kicking and punching the officers in the head and body before fleeing the scene. The officers sustained minor injuries during the attack.

Suspects’ Arrests

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As of now, seven individuals have been arrested in connection with the incident. Five of them, namely Yorman Reveron, 24; Darwin Andres Gomez-Izquiel, 19; Kelvin Servita Arocha, 19; Wilson Juarez, 21; and Jhoan Boada, 22, have been arraigned and released on their own recognizance.

Charges Brought Against Them

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They face charges of assault on a police officer, gang assault, obstructing governmental administration, and disorderly conduct.

These charges are felonies and carry penalties of up to seven years in prison.

Governor’s Criticism of Releases

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Governor Hochul expressed dissatisfaction with the decision to release these suspects. “I’m not satisfied with that at all,” she said.

“These are law enforcement officers who should never, under any circumstances, be subjected to physical assault. It’s wrong on all accounts, and I’m looking to judges and prosecutors to do the right thing.”

Changes in Laws

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She added, “We have changed bail laws. We have different laws now as a result of what we did in 2022, in the 2023 budgets, and we’re seeing a decline in repeat offenders. We have all sorts of data that shows it’s working, but that situation is abhorrent to me.”

Additional Arrests

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Two other men, Yohenry Brito, 24, and Jandry Barros, 21, have been arrested and charged with robbery and felony assault.

Brito’s bail was set at $15,000, and he is due in court on Tuesday.

Barros had not been arraigned as of Thursday afternoon.

The district attorney’s office highlighted Brito’s lack of a permanent address and community ties as reasons for seeking bail.

Identifying Defendants and Roles

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The district attorney’s office emphasized the need to conclusively identify each defendant and specify their roles in the incident.

It’s spokesperson said, “Violence against police officers is never acceptable. It is paramount that we conclusively identify each defendant and specify each participant’s role in the incident.”

Migrant Statistics in New York City

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams’s spokesperson provided information on the number of migrants in the city’s care.

There are more than 66,900 migrants under the city’s care, with over 173,900 migrants passing through its intake system since spring 2022.

The city has experienced a significant influx of migrants, with over 1,500 new arrivals in the past week.

Challenges Faced by Democratic Governors and Mayors

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Democratic governors and mayors in cities such as Boston, Chicago, and New York have been grappling with record numbers of migrants arriving in their cities.

Many of these migrants have been transported from Texas as part of Governor Greg Abbott’s campaign to enhance border security.

Local leaders have called for increased support from President Joe Biden.

Biden’s Response and Potential Border Closure

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President Biden recently expressed openness to closing the U.S.-Mexico border if presented with a bipartisan bill from lawmakers.

Over the weekend, he said, “A bipartisan bill would be good for America and help fix our broken immigration system and allow speedy access for those who deserve to be here, and Congress needs to get it done.

Emergency Authorization

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He added, “It’ll also give me, as president, the emergency authority to shut down the border until it could get back under control. If that bill were the law today, I’d shut down the border right now and fix it quickly.”

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