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    Desnudas (illegal alien panhandlers) have gone wild in Times Square

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    Desnudas have gone wild in Times Square

    By Stephanie Pagones, Kate Parker and Laura Italiano

    July 30, 2017 | 8:44pm | Updated

    Meet the des-RUDE-as!
    Costumed characters in Times Square are giving the finger to attempts to rein them in, refusing to stay in designated areas and continuing to curse in front of kiddies and threaten passers-by for dough.

    Robert Miller

    Foul-mouthed desnudas, grabby Hulks and tourist-terrorizing gangs of Minnie Mice are still brazenly holding the Crossroads of the World hostage even amid a heavy presence of NYPD cops, who act oblivious to their disturbing antics.

    At any given moment on two recent afternoons, only half of the two-dozen tip-mooching characters stayed behind the blue lines of Times Square’s “Designated Activity Zones,” or DAZs, the city-mandated areas created last year as their boundary for posing for photos and asking for tips.

    Yet none of those who illegally strayed outside the zones were issued summonses by the half-dozen police patrolling the pedestrian plaza.

    A law-enforcement source shrugged that the officers’ hands were tied since most of the costumed panhandlers are illegal — and under the de Blasio administration, it’s a no-no to go after them.

    Mayor de Blasio signed the bill that created the DAZs.

    The most shameless of the costumed pack repeatedly left the DAZs to grab, mob and berate tourists — “Take a photo lady! Mami!” shouted a trio of overly-aggressive Minnie Mice — in their frantic pursuit of cash.

    “I told you, if you don’t have a tip, then f— off!” one star-spangled desnuda, a painted nude hustler, snarled to a Post reporter, displaying just the sort of greed that detractors say is ruining Times Square’s happy, family vibe.

    Times Square Alliance President Tim Tompkins told The Post during a recent walk through the crowded pedestrian plaza, “Watch — the Hulk always goes and touches people.”

    The superhero was well outside the DAZ at 47th Street and Broadway, getting tourists’ attention by running up to them and putting his bulky green arm around their shoulders.
    “The Hulk drives me crazy,” Tompkins said.

    At 46th Street and Seventh Avenue, a trio of polka-dotted Minnie Mice were working in tandem.

    The first Minnie would crash a tourist’s selfie or run up to a child, arms outstretched. Once the first Minnie was in the picture, the others would rush in.

    “Suddenly, there’s three Minnies in your picture,” Tomkins said. “And a Batman, and a Spider-Man. And they all want cash. And they’re all outside the zone.

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    “It’s a total f—ing scam, and it happens thousands of times a week,” he said, clearly frustrated.

    “It’s those same three f—ing Minnie Mouses.”

    Several weeks ago, Times Square Alliance staffers observed the DAZs between 45th and 47th streets from 4 to 9 p.m., the organization said.

    Twenty costumed characters were at work. Of their 418 character-initiated encounters, 67 percent occurred outside a DAZ, the Alliance said.

    The characters walked away with tips in fewer than half — 43 percent — of the interactions.

    Nearly every interaction, 88 percent, involved the character touching the member of the public.

    “They are very aggressive,” Tashay Carter, 30, from Birmingham, Ala., complained.

    “I just encountered that with Cookie Monster. I didn’t want to get a photo, and he or she or whoever it was, they were very aggressive with me.”

    A few of the creatures assiduously tow the line. A panhandler dressed as Donald Trump was one of the best behaved on recent visits by The Post, though it was odd to see him shunning publicity.

    “I don’t wanna say anything,” he told a reporter.

    Robert John Burck, a k a the Naked Cowboy, also was among the most law-abiding.

    “You can make it work if ya try!” he said of the DAZs with a chirpy twang.

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    But in the worst cases, the characters can leave their victims terrified.

    A woman who works in the plaza recalled an encounter from last week. The petite Asian woman said she had been taking a cell-phone photo at 47th Street and Broadway when a Cookie Monster attacked her.
    Assuming she was a tourist, the fuzzy blue character ran over and locked her into a tight one-arm embrace, all the while shouting “Arigato! Arigato!” — Japanese for thank you.

    “It took multiple times saying, ‘No. Don’t touch me!’ ” before Cookie let go, said the woman, who asked her name not be used.

    “Within a minute, a Minnie Mouse, before I even saw her, had her hand on the back of my neck, saying, “Picture! Picture!”

    The woman said she again had to shout repeatedly, “Don’t touch me!” before the panhandler let go.

    Eight DAZs were established a year ago to keep the costumed creatures literally in line after a series of ugly incidents, including a Spider-Man who wouldn’t let go of a 13-year-old kid until the father paid $10 and a Batman who snatched a $50 bill from an Irish tourist’s wallet.

    Summonses carry a fine up to $500.

    But in the first 12 months since the zones were established, cops issued 220 summonses — or an average of well below even one a day, despite the flagrant flouting of the rules

    Part of the problem is the panhandlers can be elusive.

    When they see cops coming, “they dart back into their DAZs,” Tompkins said.

    The law-enforcement source added that past proposals to license the creatures went nowhere because most of the panhandlers are illegal immigrants and they wouldn’t register anyway. Besides, the administration at City Hall isn’t interested in going after illegals in this capacity, the source said.

    And given that Times Square is a prime terror target, herding Elmos and Minnies isn’t exactly the highest priority, the source noted.

    Asked about the issue, City Hall referred The Post to the NYPD. Police spokesman Peter Donald responded in an e-mail that “the enforcement data tells a different story. There have been a number of arrests and hundreds of summons issued to costume characters over the past year in Times Square.”

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    Get these nasty violent evil people OFF our soil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beezer View Post
    Get these nasty violent evil people OFF our soil.

    Where is ICE?
    On Long Island arresting MS-13. We don't have enough ICE agents to deal with multiple events. We need those additional 15,000 ice agents yesterday. Fire anyone in DHS who claims otherwise, because they are either enemies within or complete fools.
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    Audit blasts Trump plan to hire 15,000 new immigration agents

    Inspector general says DHS can’t justify numbers, would struggle to hire fast enough

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times - Monday, July 31, 2017

    An inspector general put a major dent Monday in President Trump’s call for 5,000 new Border Patrol agents and 10,000 new deportation officers, releasing a report saying the administration can’t begin to justify that exceptional level of hiring.
    Given the stringent standards and hiring rates, U.S. Customs and Border Protection would have to receive a staggering 750,000 applications in order to find 5,000 Border Patrol agents.
    The numbers are only slightly better for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement — some 500,000 people would have to apply in order to fill the 10,000 deportation officer slots Mr. Trump wants, Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth said.
    Even if they could hire the agents and officers, the government can’t explain how it would train and deploy them in a way that would make sense, Mr. Roth said. CBP, for example, said it’s still at least three years away from being able to describe its operational needs — much less align its workforce to meet those objectives.
    “Neither CBP nor ICE could provide complete data to support the operational need or deployment strategies for the additional 15,000 agents and officers they were directed to hire,” Mr. Roth said. “Without well-defined operational needs and comprehensive deployment strategies, DHS may not be able to achieve the correct number, type, and placement of personnel.”
    Mr. Trump called for the massive hiring surge during last year’s campaign, then once in office moved quickly to follow through, issuing an executive order laying out the aggressive moves.
    The 10,000 ICE agents would constitute the “deportation force” the president promised, while the 5,000 additional Border Patrol agents would bolster efforts to seal off the southwest border.
    Mr. Trump’s 2018 budget asked for a downpayment of 500 Border agents and 1,000 deportation officers.
    Democrats said the new report should pump the brakes on the president’s rush to hire.

    “President Trump’s decree to drastically expand the Border Patrol and increase his deportation force was put in place without a clear need for the 15,000 new agents and officers or a plan for hiring and deploying them,” said Rep. Bennie Thompson, ranking Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee.
    He told Homeland Security to go “back to the drawing board” and come up with a new plan that not only defends the hiring but explains how agencies will bring them on board.
    In its official response to the report, Homeland Security brushed aside Mr. Roth’s assessment without addressing any of his findings. Instead, the department defended Mr. Trump’s vision, saying it was a response to “emerging operational needs and changes in technology.”
    “DHS remains committed to ensuring correct staffing levels, ratios and placements,” said Jim H. Crumpacker, the department’s liaison with the inspector general.

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    If they are harassing people, arrest them. Surely, that is against the law.

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