November 12, 2004
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From: Christopher Collins
"Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy is thinking about a pilot project to `deputize` a few Suffolk County police officers to act in the additional role of immigration agents. He insists he won`t have police doing massive sweeps, looking for undocumented immigrants. It would only be a few officers, for limited purposes, he says,"
Newsday writes in an editorial criticizing the move. [Don`t sic them on immigrants, too, November 8, 2004]. The New York Times, in a separate editorial, also says the move is unnecessary. [To Serve and Deport.]
Mr. Levy, as a legislator, proposed the ban on using a cell phone while driving. Reasonable, right? People like talking on the phone but it takes a hand off the wheel, puts it next to the driver`s face, cuts down his visibility and otherwise distracts him from the life or death job of operating the vehicle.
Good law, I`d say.
I met him and spoke with him a couple of times back in 1989-90 when I was a reporter/editor for a group of weekly local newspapers. He seemed like a nice, non-ideological, reasonable guy back then.
This deputy initiative seems reasonable too. Reasonable and political; hard to argue against "just a few" "for limited purposes" but the principle is HUGE!