A law enforcement officer told CNN that illegal immigrants are deterred by Florida's laws and do not look upon the state as a safe haven in which to commit crime sprees.
John Miller, Chief Law Enforcement and Intelligence Analyst, told CNN that among the 175,000 illegal immigrants that have flooded into New York City in recent months, there is a “criminal element that looks at a different opportunity here. These individuals—I went over their rap sheets yesterday—multiple charges: grand larceny, robbery, attempted robbery, grand larceny, grand larceny.”
These are the men Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg sought fit to release without bail.
“This particular crew,” Miller said, “operated on mopeds and scooters. They were doing organized retail theft, they were doing snatches on the street: iPhones, iPads, clothing, so on and so forth. One of them that they are still seeking has 10 charges on one day because he's part of a pattern that's been going on.”
“I'm looking at the dates when their arrests started,” Miller continued, “which is probably close to when they got here, they've only been here a couple of months. So, what the detectives are telling me is, they have crews here that are operating in New York, do all their stealing, then go to Florida to spend the money then come back.”
As to why “they don't stay in Florida and and steal there,” Miller said officers told him it's because “there you go to jail.”
The CNN host Erica Hill had nothing to say to that.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul declared that the illegal immigrants who beat up NYPD officers, were released without bail due to New York City's soft-on-crime policies, then absconded to California using fake names, should be deported. In 2021, she spoke with compassionate glee about how welcoming the US, and New york, should be to illegal immigrants who flood the city.
Hochul announced $2.4 billion in the state's new budget to provide more resources to illegal immigrants.