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Undocumented migrants released without bail after brutally beating two NYPD police officers

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A group of undocumented migrants were released without bail after brutally beating two NYPD police officers in Times Square. Now, GOP representatives are calling for their deportation.

The Center Square reports:

The officers were assaulted attempting to break up a disorderly crowd outside of a Midtown migrant shelter on Saturday night, video released by the NYPD shows. Five suspects were arrested but were later released without bail.

The Police Benevolent Association of New York City, the NYPD’s largest union, said it was outraged the suspects were released without bail.

“Attacks on police officers are becoming an epidemic, and the reason is a revolving door we’re seeing in cases like this one,” PBA President Patrick Hendry said in a statement. “It is impossible for police officers to deal effectively with crime and disorder if the justice system can’t or won’t protect us while we do that work.”

Staten Island Borough President Vito J. Fossella, a Republican, said the migrants responsible for the beating should be “deported immediately” and called the city’s response to the incident “madness.”

“What universe are we living in where migrants, who are living rent-free in our city, are allowed to brutally attack police officers and then are released without consequences,” he posted on X, formerly known as Twitter. “Too often, we protect violent criminals and punish victims.”

Members of the state’s congressional delegation also weighed in on the beating and the release of the suspects.

Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, a Republican who represents Staten Island, echoed calls to deport the migrants during an immigration roundtable in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday with House Speaker Mike Johnson and law enforcement officials.

“We cannot accept in this country people who have paid the cartels thousands of dollars to be smuggled here, and they’re in our city committing crimes,” she said in remarks. “Why are they in New York? Well, because our Mayor decided to provide housing, education, legal services, laundry services, food – you name it. It’s incentivizing more people to come to New York City.”

Asked about whether the migrants should be deported, Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul told reporters on Wednesday that it’s something that “should be looked at” by federal authorities.

“I think that’s actually something that should be looked at,” Hochul said, the New York Post reported. “I mean, if someone commits a crime against a police officer in the state of New York and they’re not here legally, it’s definitely worth checking into.”

Despite the uproar, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is defending his prosecution of the case and urging witnesses to come forward.

“Violence against police officers is never acceptable. It is paramount that we conclusively identified each defendant and specify each participant’s role in the incident,” Bragg said in a statement. “Every defendant charged so far is facing felony charges that carry a penalty of up to seven years.”

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Report: Denver area migrants cost $340 million to shelter, educate

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A report by the free-market Common Sense Institute found the more than 42,000 migrants who have arrived in Denver over the last year and a half have cost the region as much as $340 million. The city of Denver, local school districts, and the region’s health-care system have spent between $216 million and $340 million combined to shelter, feed, clothe, and educate the migrants, and to provide them with emergency medical care.

National Review explains the report builds off a previous report from March that conservatively found that the migrants had cost the region at least $170 million. “Costs are never localized,” said DJ Summers, the institute’s research director. “They expand outward.”

Democratic leaders are being blamed for their welcoming posture toward immigrants generally, and their sanctuary-city policies, which curtail law enforcement’s ability to cooperate with federal immigration agents. Since late December 2022, at least 42,269 migrants — or “newcomers” as Denver leaders call them — have arrived in the city, adds National Review.

The Common Sense Institute report found that the migrant crisis has also hit local emergency rooms hard with extensive expenses. Since December 2022, migrants have made more than 16,000 visits to metro emergency departments. At an estimated cost of about $3,000 per visit, that has resulted in nearly $48 million in uncompensated care.

Summers said those costs are “stressing existing health care organizations,” but they also indirectly hit residents in their pocketbooks through increased insurance prices.

Metro school districts have endured the biggest financial hit — estimated between $98 million and $222 million — according to the Common Sense Institute report. The large range in costs is due to the difficulties researchers had identifying exactly how many new foreign students are tied to the migrant crisis.

The researchers found that since December 2022, 15,725 foreign students have enrolled in local schools. Of those, 6,929 have come from the five countries most closely identified with the migrant crisis — Venezuela, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

On average, it costs a little over $14,000 to educate a student for a year in a Denver-area public school, but Summers said migrant students likely cost more.

“They have transportation needs that are different, they have acculturation needs that are going to be different, language assistance needs that are going to be different,” he said. “Many of them might need to get up to speed in curriculum. They might need outside tutoring.”

Earlier this year, Colorado lawmakers approved $24 million in state funding to help school districts statewide plug budget holes related to the migrant students.

Summers said the updated Common Sense Institute tally is likely still missing some costs related to the ongoing migrant crisis.

“There are definitely additional costs. We just don’t have a great way to measure them just yet,” he said, noting legal fees, crime, and unreported business and nonprofit expenses.

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