New York City legislators have proposed a law that would allow law enforcement officers to deny requests from U.S. immigration officials to detain immigrants pending deportation processing. The new law would require immigrant detainment only if there was a warrant issued by a federal judge, or if the immigrant had been convicted of a violent crime. Proponents of the bill argue that the current system of detainment may be unconstitutional; however, federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents claim that they are protecting the public from potentially dangerous criminals.
According to local officials, over 3,000 immigrants were detained by New York City’s police and Department of Corrections officers at the request of federal immigration agents during a one year period from 2012-2013. The majority of those detained were then reassigned to ICE and processed for deportation. Less than 1500 requests for detainment were denied that year. Under the new law, the number of detainments is expected to drop significantly.
If the proposed legislation passes, New York City will become the largest municipality to challenge federal immigration laws, joining Chicago, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. New York City mayor, Bill de Blasio, supports the proposed law in that it reinforces the city’s position to protect the rights and dignities of the immigrant population of approximately three million people. The proposed legislation, if passed, will set a new standard in the treatment of immigrants in the United States.
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For almost 20 years, the experienced Philadelphia immigration attorneys at Surin & Griffin, PC have been staunch advocates, protecting the rights of immigrants. Their dedication and commitment to serving the immigrant population here in Philadelphia and around the world has resulted in successful outcomes for those facing immigration and nationality law issues.
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