Despite claims to the contrary by a press officer at the Mexican Embassy in Washington, D.C., illegal immigration into the United States is a crime.

New York state Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx), introduced a bill on June 16 to create a special status allowing aliens who are not in the United States legally under federal law to enjoy certain privileges by virtue of being “New York State Citizens.”

The right to vote is among many rights and privileges usually reserved for citizens (or at least legal residents) that S. 7879, “The New York Is Home Act,” extends to state residents.

Among the thousands of illegal immigrants — many of them unaccompanied minors — pouring across our southern borders are members of notorious gangs, including MS-13.

The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers asserts that the large influx of unaccompanied minors illegally crossing our border is “predictable, orchestrated and contrived.”

As a large number of unaccompanied children continue to illegally cross the border into South Texas, the Obama administration has resorted to unorthodox methods to deal with the problem. These include housing the detained children at U.S. military bases and simply shipping the overflow to other states, mainly Arizona.

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