New York City’s Department of Corrections and New York Police Department in 2017 violated the city’s own policy that requires law enforcement to honor federal immigration requests and turn over illegal immigrants who have been convicted of certain crimes, several U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials told the Washington Examiner.
Although New York City is a sanctuary city — a place where local lawmakers block law enforcement from handing over illegal immigrants to federal immigration agents — that policy is not without exceptions.
In 2014, the New York City Council passed and Mayor Bill de Blasio enacted two laws that outlined which people would not be protected from deportation. Any illegal immigrant taken into police custody and determined to have been convicted in the past five years of one of 170 felony crimes must be turned over to ICE.
But city data provided by the NYPD and the Department of Corrections, or DOC, indicate only 20 of the more than 2,000 people ICE requested in fiscal year 2017 were handed over. That figure includes 1,526 detainer requests for people in custody of the NYPD and another 536 for people at DOC facilities.
Read more at the Washington Examiner.