NY Considering Refugee Registries

NEW YORK (AP) -

State lawmakers are proposing that all refugees register with the government so that if the refugees commit an act of terrorism, their sponsors, under the bill, could be held liable.

A bill was introduced by state Sen. Terrence Murphy, a Republican who represents a district in the lower Hudson Valley.

It requires refugees to register with the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, be fingerprinted and have the office monitor their activities for year or until they become permanent residents, whichever happens first.

The New York Immigration Coalition called on other senators to kill the measure, calling it a “heinous bill that treats refugees who are fleeing from violence and conflict like criminals.”