A recent report released by the legislative affairs director of the New York Police Department (NYPD) indicates that the law enforcement agency received 1,526 requests to detain undocumented immigrants from federal officials in 2017. The NYPD complied with none of these requests. New York has a legal prohibition against turning over undocumented immigrants to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials unless these prisoners have been convicted of a serious crime and ICE presents a warrant for their transfer.
Protecting the Rights of Immigrants
New York City has long been a sanctuary city for immigrants. The legal protections afforded to immigrants within the city’s borders have had a positive impact on economic growth throughout the state. By refusing to turn over undocumented immigrants to federal authorities, New York City hopes to curtail exploitation of these individuals and to make it easier for them to report crimes against themselves and their family members. This can create a safer environment for all residents of the Big Apple and the surrounding areas. Immigrants can also access the services of a New York immigration lawyer to provide support and help with their ongoing legal issues.
Blowback from ICE
ICE responded to the latest figures with tweets disparaging the city’s policy and touting its own efforts to promote public safety. The federal agency arrested nine undocumented immigrants in New York in recent months, claiming that these individuals were the subject of active detainer requests and were facing criminal charges in the courts. ICE did not release information on the specific crimes committed by these individuals but stated that the practice of releasing immigrants “continues to pose a dangerous risk to our communities.”
At Pozo Goldstein, we offer comprehensive help for families facing issues with immigration in New York City and throughout the state. By choosing a New York immigration lawyer from our office, you can enjoy the benefits of our experience and the knowledge of a former judge and two former prosecutors in the immigration field. This can help you and your family resolve your issues quickly and in the most positive way possible. To set up your free in-office consultation with us, call Pozo Goldstein at 212-201-9031. We look forward to meeting with you.