In March, Mayor de Blasio announced that he was directing all schools in the city to turn Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents away at their doors in order to protect immigrant children. When he was asked how many incidents have occurred that would prompt this action, he admitted there had been none. The press had a chuckle at his obvious attempt to score polling points by seizing on people's fears. But then he kicked it up a notch by claiming in May that an ICE agent showed up at PS58 during school hours looking for a fourth grader from the school and then bragged that DOE employees turned them away due to his wise new policy. The following Monday, Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina participated in a dog-and-pony show for the press outside the school and she and de Blasio soon ended up with egg on their faces when it was revealed that the agents were not from ICE at all, but from US Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency that processes citizenship applications. They were sent to verify enrollment information of a student in order to process a request for services. They had no intentions of speaking to the child or removing him from the premises. According to USCIS, The officers were in plainclothes...identified themselves and presented credentials....They spoke to school administrators and left....They were not barred from the property nor asked to leave. It's sad that the mayor of the greatest city in the world feels the need to create fake news in order to fire up his ultra-liberal base.
Originally published in the June 2017 Juniper Berry Magazine
THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: DeBlasio proves to be an extremely poor liar
June 2017 Table of Contents
- BERRY BITS: St. Saviour's in the news again
- BERRY BITS: Glendale Hero To Be Honored at Next Juniper Civic Town Meeting
- Rest in peace, William Tolley
- BERRY BITS: A quieter LIE coming soon?
- BERRY BITS: A big win for people & parks!
- BERRY BITS: Civic & MOFTB Working Together To Minimize Film Shoot Problems
- BERRY BITS: Package thieves are in the area
- BERRY BITS: Goodfellas Day
- BERRY BITS: Merchant severs ties with Maspeth High School
- BERRY BITS: Party celebrates Maspeth's 375th
- Maspeth-Middle Village Task Force's coalition strategy pays off
- THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Beware of the open car door thief
- A Tribute to Ms. Michele Krebs
- Killy's Corner
- Vietnam Veterans Memorial design unveiled
- Yesterday & Today: Maspeth Ave west of 61st Street
- BERRY BITS: THERESA RILEY & DETECTIVE BELL HONORED AT SLOCUM REMEMBRANCE
- The Calvary Line: Trolley to the Cemeteries
- BERRY BITS: Roofing scammers are back
- Polish music, culture and history celebrated at fantastic festival
- BERRY BITS: JPCA marches in Maspeth Memorial Day Parade
- Letters to the Editor
- The short sordid history of the Maspeth High School
- Hike on Over to Forest Park
- Robert J. Marks Post, G.A.R.
- THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: You can't get there from here
- THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Cross Harbor – $70M more down the drain
- BERRY BITS: Joe's Cleaning Up This Town
- BERRY BITS: Hometown Hero John Russo honored
- THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Tree pruners cause havoc
- THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Parking hogs at Juniper
- THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: DeBlasio proves to be an extremely poor liar
- THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Crowley supports closing Riker's and opening local jails
- When Middle Village Was Home to GI Housing
- THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Bioswale headscratcher
- THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Puerto Rican Day Parade honors terrorist
- Did you know?
- Writing About Maspeth
- The legacy of Herman Ringe
- 104th Pct Report
- Q&A with Robert Holden, Candidate for City Council
- NYC Parks committed to preserving Ridgewood Reservoir as natural open space
- Fitness trackers as workout partners
- Short Story: I am not a sycamore!
- Community Eyesores
- From Malta to Maspeth: Joseph Caruana's First 100 Years
- THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Dumb Donors
- THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Drivers think road is reserved just for them
- THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Stealing from the City as a Business
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