Immigration Enforcement At New York City Jails

December 13, 2010 § Leave a comment

NEW YORK (AP) — Immigrants and their advocates say New York City is letting federal immigration authorities have too much leeway in the city’s jails. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been a presence at the city’s main jail complex for at least 15 years. Immigrants in custody there on criminal charges can be held and transferred into the federal detention system even if their criminal case ends up dismissed. Once in detention, immigrants face deportation. Advocates want the city to only inform ICE about those convicted of serious felonies. ICE says its priority is to remove immigrants convicted of serious crimes. It also says the city is obligated to hold anyone whom the agency has put a detainer on.

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