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Gutsy NY Republican goes after de Blasio for sanctuary city stance, and she might be coming for his job

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A Republican lawmaker in New York who is challenging Mayor Bill de Blasio’s sanctuary city policy may be considering running against his re-election bid.

“I’m not going to deny that I’m looking at it. I do have a platform and ideas that could improve our city and state,” Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said, according to the New York Post.

The daughter of Cuban and Greek immigrants, the Staten Island assemblywoman has publicly opposed the mayor’s stance on protecting undocumented immigrants in New York City. Malliotakis is part of a lawsuit against de Blasio that is seeking to prohibit his administration from destroying records retained for the municipal ID card program

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“De Blasio supports a policy that protects people that commit crimes against our citizens,” Malliotakis said Tuesday, the Post reported.

Malliotakis will reportedly not make a decision about a mayoral run until Republican business mogul John Catsimatidis announces his intention to run or not against De Blasio, who currently is not facing any serious Democratic Party primary challengers.

Malliotakis has made the issue of illegal immigration her platform in the deep blue city, telling Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade she has identified 447 crimes in which the city will not comply with federal requests to turn over criminals to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

She explained on “Fox & Friends” Friday that every New York City mayor until de Blasio has protected the status of immigrants in the city, shielding them from becoming victims of crimes and not asking them for their immigration documentation.

“This mayor took it to an all new level in 2014 by passing a law that not only kicked immigration officials out of [New York City’s main jail complex] Rikers Island,” she said, “but then refuses to allow NYPD Department of Corrections to comply with detainer requests.”

Malliotakis noted that this was not a reaction to President Trump’s immigration policies but goes back to the Obama era, when the city only complied with 32 out of 584 requests to detain illegal immigrants convicted of a crime.

De Blasio has “kicked the can” on the issue in Malliotakis’s view, promising action but not following through.

The mayor’s policies have created a rift between his administration and New York City Police officers who turned their backs, literally, on the mayor as he spoke. The NYPD recently decided to defy de Blasio‘s 2014 sanctuary city law by notifying immigration officials of illegal immigrants’ upcoming court appearances.

“The bottom line,” Malliotakis concluded,  “is that he’s putting people who are committing crimes against the very citizens that elected him to keep them safe.”

The Post reported that there were nearly 1,000 likes on a Facebook  “draftnicole4nycmayor” in the past few days and Twitter users had postivie reactions to the Republican assemblywoman who could be facing off against New York City’s liberal mayor.

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