In 2005, Mr. Levy helped orchestrate a highly publicized raid on a house in Brookhaven, where the authorities rounded up dozens of suspected illegal immigrants. He once described foreign women who give birth after moving to the United States as having “anchor babies,” a term often used derisively by anti-immigrant groups. Asked in a recent interview whether he might have chosen his words more carefully, he was unapologetic. “There’s no need to,” he said. “The public is in agreement with me.”Still more, from a New York Daily News piece dated August 9, 2009:
His tendency to say what he believes is what he thinks voters find appealing about him. “I mean, I came out of nowhere for a lot of people,” he said. “And when they started paying attention to what I was saying, it’s like: ‘Wow. This guy is saying what I’ve been thinking for years.’ ”
Newsday reports that Levy asked someone in the audience, who happened to be a Canadian native, if he was a U.S. citizen. The man answered that he was, to which Levy is reported to have said that was good, because if he wasn't "I'd have to deport you, like the guys back there in the kitchen."Levy has certainly picked the right party and should become an icon on talk radio. With teabagger support, he may have a real shot at defeating Rick Lazio for the GOP nomination, though knocking off Andrew Cuomo may be a lot tougher. Best of all, he should keep even the most homophobic, pro-life Hispanics in the Democratic Party for decades to come. Since Hispanics are the state's fastest growing demographic group, all we can say is thank you, Steve Levy!
Isn't that funny? The "guys back there in the kitchen" must have been rolling with laughter.
Especially because the jokester was the same person who in 2007 had asked county cops and Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers to raid homes where illegal immigrants were believed to be living.
Many people were routed from their homes and ordered to disperse without regard for where they went. Orlan Enrique Moreno-Zavala, 22, a Honduran man found dead in February 2007 in the woods near Huntington Station, became a symbol of Levy's abusive policies.
Then, last November, Marcelo Lucero, a 37-year-old Ecuadoran immigrant, was murdered in Patchogue by a gang of teenagers who beat and stabbed him. As you may remember, the killers told Suffolk police they were "out to hunt Mexicans." The assault was classified as a hate crime.
Levy condemned the crime in a news release, but local immigrant leaders said at the time that the anti-immigrant climate he promoted actually had empowered racist mobs.