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Forum Post: Senator Schumer Proposes New Law

Posted 5 years ago on Oct. 14, 2014, 1:26 p.m. EST by JackHall (413)
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Sen. Charles Schumer Monday proposed increasing the penalty for people caught trespassing on monuments and critical infrastructure in the city and throughout the U.S. following a rash of incidents over the summer, including on the Brooklyn Bridge and One World Trade Center.

The increased penalty, he hopes, would both dissuade people from breaching security and make it easier to extradite those from abroad who do.

The bill would increase the penalty for trespassing with the intent to commit a crime to a maximum of five years in prison. Currently, the city's trespassing law has a maximum of one year in prison.


Senator Schumer has proposed immigration reform measures easing the process for illegal aliens to gain U.S. citizenship.



But before the Congress can bring immigration reform to a vote, Schumer is proposing harsher penalties for trespassing on national landmarks to make deportation of foreigners easier.

If US Immigration Laws had been appropriately enforced for the past 40 years current Immigration Reform would be unnecessary. Passing more federal laws is not a solution.



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[-] 7 points by turbocharger (1756) 5 years ago

Schumer is another professional politician. Loves the club more than the people.

[-] 1 points by JackHall (413) 5 years ago

Why aren't there more guards watching our stuff? Our borders, our bridges, highways, streets, neighborhoods, our docks and harbors? An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure. There is plenty of money to pay them. Posting more guards inside the WTC and on the jet planes and at the airports would have cost a lot less than paying for the damage after everything was blown-up and then rebuilt.

[-] 4 points by turbocharger (1756) 5 years ago

I'd rather live in a free and loving place than a scared police state.

Back in the day the mob did bombings all the time, life went on. Now just one goes off and its national panic like we've never seen before, need to police everyone and everything.


[-] 6 points by trashyharry (3084) from Waterville, NY 5 years ago

Schumer is a dual citizen and is primarily concerned with people who live in Israel;the reason they don't place moar security on borders and around monuments is because it causes Awkwardness when security guards detain Mossad Agents and Sayanim which happens all the time already.

[-] 4 points by DouglasAdams (208) 5 years ago

Is the USA still the land of the free and home of the brave? I would not want the USA become a more limited police-state with electronic surveillance on everything that moves or can be moved.

Obviously, posting more guards around our landmarks would be more effective than imposing harsher penalties. More guards at the Brooklyn Bridge, World Trade Center, in our subways, guarding our national monuments, and national institutions.

Michael Cahill, vice dean and professor of law at Brooklyn Law School, said the bill isn't likely to dissuade actual terrorists. In fact, it seems to have the potential to punish where there is no risk of actual harm, he said.

“It might be likely to pass but that doesn't necessarily mean it's a good idea,” Cahill said. “Terrorists are not going to be deterred by increasing a penalty from one to five years.”

Cahill said the increase in prison time simply isn't significant. Those who want to climb bridges or jump off buildings weigh the likelihood of getting caught, not the penalty.

[-] 4 points by turbocharger (1756) 5 years ago

The more the government comes down on people- here and around the globe- the more dissent grows, the more they come down, the more it grows, etc etc etc.

Eventually something will break. Its either going to be the people or the gov. History shows us its always the later.


[-] 1 points by MattHolck0 (3867) 5 years ago

we live in a time of change

[-] 1 points by JackHall (413) 5 years ago

Change can be in any direction. A suicide bomber won't see the difference between 1 year and 5 year prison sentences if he or she plans to be blown up anyway.

Parachuting from the Chrysler building doesn't merit a 5 year prison sentence. They did it because it was there.

We chose to go to the moon


[-] 2 points by DouglasAdams (208) 5 years ago

Allow people to be free to make changes in their lives that are not prejudiced and constrained by laws.

Imagine personal parachutes designed for jumping from hi-rise buildings.

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[-] 1 points by JackHall (413) 5 years ago

Crime prevention has a higher pay off than harsher sentencing and more punishment for the crime. Longer prison sentences will cost the taxpayer more than hiring more watchmen to prevent the crime from happening in the first place.

[-] 3 points by MattHolck0 (3867) 5 years ago

ignore senate troll