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Congressman Dan Donovan

Representing the 11th District of New York

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Statement from Congressman Dan Donovan on Calls for the NYPD to Eliminate its Gang Database

October 18, 2017
Press Release

Today, activists called on the NYPD to eliminate its database of known gang members. Last month, with support from Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11), the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Criminal Alien Gang Removal Act to allow federal authorities to deport known criminal gang members.

“It’s eminently responsible for authorities to keep track of violent gang members and, if they’re here illegally, deport them. But if these activists had their way, the NYPD would tie both hands behind its back and blind itself by deleting a database of known gang members. In all my years as a prosecutor and now a Member of Congress, I have never heard a more ridiculous and backwards idea than this. What’s next – an argument that gang tattoos are just an expression of art?”

-- Congressman Dan Donovan serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

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