ICE Agents Arresting Undocumented Immigrants in NYC Misdemeanor Court, Advocates Report
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 23, 2017,
Feb 23, 2017, 23:33
He said that federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement requests are not orders and are not effective without warrants issued by judges.
In a memo to state law enforcement and school district officials Wednesday, Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) said CT officials should not detain anyone exclusively on the basis of their immigration status.
Wang said Hudson, Monmouth and Salem counties have entered agreements so that corrections officers at county jails can be deputized to perform immigration law enforcement duties.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (or ICE) has been stepping up round-ups lately, after an executive order by President Trump gave broad latitude for immigration officials to arrest people who previously were considered to not have broken the law.
CT is one of a handful of states that call themselves sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants.
The governor explained that local law enforcement agencies determine the state's level of involvement in assisting the ICE agency. "The best approach for local communities is to have a plan in place so that everyone in our state, including young students, are supported respectfully and fairly under the laws of our state and our nation".
Since 2008, Frederick County has placed 1,444 ICE detainers on jail inmates; 1,299 of those inmates were placed into immigration proceedings by ICE. However, he was covered under President Ronald Reagan's policy in the 80s that allowed certain people who were undocumented to apply for citizenship.
Convicted criminals that are considered violent or risky can be escorted back on the flight by to their countries by ICE agents, and shackled, the New York Times reported (paywall.) Many are not, however.
Similarly, the New York Immigration Coalition said it was "horrified and angered by the ICE raids and activity in the greater New York area that has led to the arrest and detainment of 40 people". My deputies and I will always do everything we can to keep you and your families, regardless of your citizenship or immigration status, from being victimized.
Currently, federal law controls immigration and enforcement. For years that offense played out in Nashville law offices, where immigration attorneys would help undocumented immigrants get their affairs in order, minimizing the chaos that would result if they were arrested or deported.
The government has traditionally concentrated its most vigorous deportation efforts on immigrants who had committed serious crimes. Right now, Rowe said, two officers have passed the background check and another two are in the process.
Kihuen said people who are in the country illegally want to come out of the shadows and follow the law, if they were given the chance. Under normal circumstances, the incident would have barely raised an eyebrow, but given the current backdrop of anti-immigrant rhetoric coming from Washington, D.C., the arrests caused a wave of panic throughout Park City's immigrant community. "One thing everyone is comfortable saying is it happened during the (Obama) administration".
The directives do seek the hiring of thousands of additional federal immigration agents and the building of a wall between the United States and Mexico.