Posted 5 years ago on Oct. 14, 2014, 1:26 p.m. EST by JackHall
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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.