Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Make the Road New York (MRNY), which sponsored the march, says that each year the city's Department of Corrections assists Immigration and Customs Enforcement in transferring 3,000-4,000 New Yorkers into deportation proceedings.
The group is demanding that New York City opt out of the federal "Secure Communities Program" whereby local and state police can check the immigration status of those in their custody. The government says the program has successfully removed thousands of alien criminals from the U.S., but civil rights workers say many non-criminal immigrants are swept up and out as well.
Date shows that "police officers are picking up people on pretext, the criminal charges are getting dropped or dismissed, and they’re getting shuttled into deportation,” said Bridget Kessler, clinical teaching fellow at the Immigration Justice Clinic of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. More here.
Also see the Brooklyn Eagle.
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