During Trump’s first year in office, the NYPD received 1,526 requests from ICE to detain immigrants – and they rejected every last one of them.
The number of requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement was nearly 20 times higher than the 80 requests received in 2016, NYPD legislative affairs director Oleg Chernyavsky told the City Council, according to NY Daily News.
“That speaks volumes to our intent as a city,” Chernyavsky said. “It’s important for victims of crimes, irrespective of their immigration status, to trust their police and to come forward and inform their police.”
In 2016, cops only complied with 2 requests to detain and turn over undocumented immigrants to ICE for deportation.
According to New York law, the city cannot turn over people to ICE unless they have been convicted of one of 170 serious crimes and the feds have a warrant.
ICE is not happy with the way the NYPD is following state law. ICE officials are also pretending that all undocumented immigrants are dangerous criminals.
“The release of criminal aliens back on New York City streets continues to pose a dangerous risk to our communities,” said ICE field office director Thomas Decker. “ICE will continue to dedicate more resources to conduct at-large arrests to ensure the safety of the law-abiding citizens of these communities.”
Bitta Mostofi, acting commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, said ICE is arresting everyone they can, even those with no criminal record while pretending they are dangerous criminals.
“We’re seeing a tremendous spike in overbroad enforcement from Immigration and Customs Enforcement,” she said, adding there has also been a 40% spike in immigration arrests of people with no criminal history.
“The people they’re seeking are essentially anybody, regardless of the nature of the crime.”
Chernyavsky said if an immigrant is busted for a violent crime, they’ll be prosecuted and jailed just like anyone else.
“If an individual currently committed a crime, that individual would be arrested, prosecuted and so on by New York authorities for the violation of law,” he said. “Where the detainer law comes into play is how we’re approaching cooperation beyond the crime at hand.”
Councilman Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn) agreed with the NYPD decision not to help ICE.
“There’s every reason to believe from what we know about those detainers that the vast majority of those individuals had done nothing serious,” he said. “Honoring those detainers would have been becoming part of ICE’s deportation machine.”