ICE FREE NYC/RECLAIM MLK NYC ANNOUNCE MLK DAY RALLY & MARCH FOR BLACK & BROWN UNITY

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January 18, 2016

Contacts: KaLisa Moore (785) 766-7890 kalisam10@gmail.com

Terrea (646) 246-1998 tmqcmail@gmail.com

ICE FREE NYC/ RECLAIM MLK NYC ANNOUNCE 

MLK DAY RALLY & MARCH FOR BLACK & BROWN UNITY

“It is not possible to be in favor of justice for some people and not be in favor of justice for all people.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

New York – On Monday, January 18 2016, as Mayor Bill de Blasio and other city officials gather in the name of Martin Luther King Jr., immigrants rights activists who shut down Manhattan traffic over ICE raids are uniting with Black Lives Matter activists who have been shutting down NYC to protest racist police killings. We, the people, will rally under the true message of Dr. King to condemn the city for its ongoing assault on people of color, immigrant communities, and poor people through multiple and continual forms of state violence.

“The Black Lives Matter organizations in NYC understand that the militarization of the police affects both black and brown communities,” said KaLisa Moore, an activist with People’s Power Assemblies and NYC Shut It Down. “We must stand in solidarity with one another to fight the police state that is terrorizing both our neighborhoods and our bodies.” 

Although Dr. King’s legacy of struggle against the white supremacist power complex has been co-opted to fit the agenda of those in power, we will remember him as a leader who recognized the intersection of capitalism and race and stood for economic liberation for black and brown communities. We will honor his message of unity by marching together in his name.

Who: Black Lives Matter organizations and ICE-FREE NYC.

What: Rally and March to Reclaim Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

When/Where: 4pm in front of St  Mary’s Episcopal Church, 230 Classon Ave, Brooklyn, NY.

7pm at the intersection of Nostrand Ave & Fulton St., Brooklyn, to join NYC SHUT IT DOWN.

Why: Martin Luther King Day is a day to remember the legacy of a man who dreamed and fought for a world without the constant persecution of black and brown people in this country. Whether it is NYPD or ICE, the constant policing and dehumanization of our people will not be tolerated. In the name of Martin Luther King’s true credence of justice, we stand united against our oppressors, together in the name of justice and equality for black and brown people.

Broken windows policing and immigration enforcement are interconnected forms of state violence that disproportionately impact working class black immigrants and queer and trans people of color.The ICE-FREE NYC Coalition and affiliated Black Lives Matter organizations say NO to ICE RAIDS and STOP & FRISK, and DEMAND AN END TO DEPORTATIONS.

 

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Contactos: Aldo Reséndiz (917) 912-9242 resendiz@ymail.com

Denise Romero (347) 870-8287 deniseromerofranco@gmail.com

NY LIBRE DE REDADAS/ REIVINDICA MLK NY ANUNCIAN

MITIN Y MARCHA POR LA UNIDAD DEL PUEBLO NEGRO CON LA COMUNIDAD IMIGRANTE EN EL DÍA DE MARTIN LUTHER KING

“No es posible estar a favor de la justicia para un sector de la población y no estar a favor de la justicia para todo el pueblo”. – Martin Luther King Jr. 

Nueva York – Este lunes, 18 de enero de 2016, mientras que el acalde Bill de Blasio se reúne con altos funcionarios de la ciudad de Nueva York para conmemorar el día dedicado al líder afro-estadounidense Martin Luther King Jr., activistas inmigrantes que bloquearon el tráfico de Manhattan para oponerse a las redadas de ICE se unen con activistas de ‘Black Lives Matter’ que han estado bloqueando las calles de Nueva York protestando los asesinatos racistas de personas afro-descendientes  por parte de la policía. Se ha convocado al pueblo a que bajo el verdadero mensaje del Dr. King se manifieste en completa desaprobación al continuo acoso y otras formas de violencia al que se enfrentan las comunidades de color, inmigrantes y pobres de nuestra ciudad a manos del Estado.

“Las organizaciones ‘Black Lives Matter’ de Nueva York entienden que la militarización de la policía afecta tanto a las comunidades negras como a otras comunidades de color”, dijo Kalisa Moor, activista de Peoples Power Assemblies y NYC Shut It Down. “Tenemos que ser solidarios unos con otros para luchar contra el estado policial que atentan en contra de nuestra persona al igual que aterroriza a nuestros barrios”.

Aunque el legado de la lucha del Dr. King contra el poder de un sistema supremacista blanco ha sido cooptado por nuestros gobernantes para adaptarse a sus agendas ,nosotros lo recordamos hoy como un líder que reconoció la relación que existe entre el capitalismo y el racismo y quien luchó por la liberación económica de la comunidad negra y otros grupos marginados. Honraremos su mensaje de unidad marchando en su nombre bajo una misma bandera.

Convocan: Organizaciones de Black Lives Matter (La Vidas del Pueblo Negro Importan) y ICE-FREE NYC (Nueva York Libre de Redadas)

Evento: Manifestación y marcha para la reivindicación del Día de Martin Luther King Jr.

Hora y lugar: 4 pm en frente de la Iglesia Episcopal de Santa María, 230 Classon Ave., Brooklyn, NY.

7 pm en la intersección de Nostrand Ave. y Fulton St., Brooklyn, para unirnos con NYC SHUT IT DOWN

Motivo: El día para conmemorar a Martin Luther King es un día para recordar el legado de un hombre que soñó y luchó por un mundo sin la persecución constante de la comunidad negra y otras comunidades de color en este país. Ya sea que se trate de la policía de la ciudad de Nueva York o el Servicio de Inmigración y Aduanas (ICE), la constante vigilancia y la deshumanización de nuestro pueblo no será tolerada. En nombre de la verdadera justicia en la que Martin Luther King creyó, estamos unidos contra un régimen opresor, juntos en nombre de la justicia y la igualdad para los afro-descendientes y todas las comunidades de color.

La excesiva vigilancia y criminalización por parte de la policía y el servicio de inmigración son manifestaciones de violencia por parte del Estado que están relacionadas en sí y que afectan en gran medida a inmigrantes afro-descendientes de clase trabajadora así como a personas de color transgénero y género disidente. Nosotros como Neoyorquinos decimos NO A LAS REDADAS DE LA MIGRA, NO A DETENCIONES ARBRITARIAS POR PARTE DE LA POLICIA y EXIGIMOS UN ALTO A LAS DEPORTACIONES.                                                      

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ICE-FREE NYC ANNOUNCES RALLY & PRESS CONFERENCE IN SUPPORT OF ICE-FREE ZONES IN NYC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Advisory

January 8, 2016

Contacts:

English: Abraham Paulos (773) 425-6944

abraham@familiesforfreedom.org

Spanish: Aldo U. Reséndiz (917) 912-9242

resendiz@ymail.com

 

ICE-FREE NYC ANNOUNCES

RALLY & PRESS CONFERENCE IN SUPPORT OF ICE-FREE ZONES IN NYC

New York City – Friday, January 8, 2016 in response to the ongoing raids of noncitizens with criminal convictions and the recent announcement of raids against Central American refugee women and children immigrant rights advocates, labor unions, faith-based groups, and community members will gather to say NO to raids, demand and end to deportations of our brothers and sisters, and announce the creation of ICE-FREE Zones throughout New York City.

PRESS CONFERENCE

Friday, January 8, 2016

12pm. 201 Varick Street, New York NY

“New Yorkers have been under siege of ICE home raids for more than a year. We will not stand for any members of our communities, whether they are refugees from Central America or New Yorkers with a criminal conviction, to be invaded and terrorized by Immigration and Customs Enforcement,” said Abraham Paulos, Executive Director of Families for Freedom, New York-based multi-ethnic human rights organization by and for families facing and fighting deportation

 

WHY ICE-FREE ZONES?

On November 20, 2014 President Obama announced a new deportation priority program called Priority Enforcement Program (PEP), which include noncitizens with criminal convictions and recent arrivals.  Shortly after the announcement of PEP, home raids in NYC have increased at an alarming rate.  NYC immigrant communities have been feeling the brunt of these raids for more than a year.

On December 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced impending nationwide raids aimed at deporting women and children who have received deportation orders. Many of those affected are refugees who fled some of the most violent regions in the world, in particular Central America. We stand in solidarity and will put our bodies on the line to protect these families and create ICE-FREE Zones within the five boroughs of New York City and Long Island.

Our Demands Are:

  • Department of Corrections and New York Police Department must end all collaboration with ICE. Explicitly prohibit the sharing of information about New Yorkers between ICE and all City agencies, via use of such probation databases and any other way that may reveal an individuals’ immigration status
  • New Yorkers should feel safe going to any City agency and going about their daily lives without the threat of deportation. Explicitly prohibit ICE near sensitive locations including homes, hospitals, courts, homeless shelters, public demonstrations, community centers, places of worship and schools
  • NYC must use resources to strengthen New York families, not tear them apart.

 

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The ICE-FREE NYC campaign is comprised of New Yorkers of all backgrounds who want Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) completely out of our city.

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ICE-FREE NYC Campaign: Detainer ban at Rikers is a step forward, but Mayor de Blasio must lead in completely ridding New York of ICE

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For interviews with ICE-Free NYC please contact:

Monica Novoa monica@familiesforfreedom.org

 

ICE-FREE NYC Campaign: Detainer ban at Rikers is a step forward, but Mayor de Blasio must lead in completely ridding New York of ICE

Message to New York City:

“Stop all collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and create a safe immigration legacy New Yorkers can be proud of.”

NEW YORK, October 15, 2014 — Members of the ICE-FREE NYC campaign welcome the proposed city council policy to end Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) presence and collaboration at Rikers Island Prison. Campaign member organization Families for Freedom is scheduled to give testimony at today’s city council hearing about the proposed legislation. We commend those who have championed this demand while we express concern about ICE’s continued presence in the City. We believe all New Yorkers have the right to remain together with their families and in their communities – citizens and noncitizens alike. While the change at Rikers is welcome, Mayor de Blasio can and must do more to protect all immigrants throughout New York.

It’s a step forward that under this proposed policy detainers will no longer be honored in NYC for the foreseeable future. But detainers are only one of the many ways that local police currently facilitate the deportation of New Yorkers. The mechanisms that facilitate ICE presence in our communities beyond the halls of Rikers Island would remain intact. For example, under this legislation city agencies are still permitted to share certain key personal information about individuals with ICE and DHS. Data sharing is especially of concern in regard to people who have been previously convicted, recently released and on probation, and information sharing remains unacceptable. And while we are heartened that ICE will not be allowed to maintain an office space at Rikers, there is nothing in the bill to prevent immigration agents from coming into the jail to look for people to deport.

Furthermore, limiting ICE’s access to New Yorkers in the jail setting will likely increase their presence in our community. According to the National Day Labor Organizing Network’s (NDLON) recent report, Destructive Delay, “While states and localities increasingly seek to limit the detention and deportation of community members by adopting “TRUST” policies that restrict collaboration between police and immigration enforcement, ICE has responded by going after immigrants in new and disturbing ways, including detaining people at court buildings and in probation programs, and arresting people on the basis of decades-old criminal convictions.”

We call on city council members, local immigrant rights and criminal justice organizations to join our call on the Mayor to truly make NYC ICE-Free by amending orders 34 and 41 to go beyond the detainer to end all forms of collaboration with ICE- as he has the executive power to do so.

As New Yorkers for an ICE-FREE NYC, we reiterate our call on Mayor de Blasio to end all collaboration between Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and all City agencies. We urge Mayor de Blasio to use his executive authority to amend previous orders to:

  1. Explicitly prohibit the NYPD, DOC, and any City agency from holding someone for an immigration violation at the request of ICE.
  1. Explicitly prohibit the sharing of information about New Yorkers between ICE and all City agencies, via use of such probation databases and any other way that may reveal and individuals’ immigration status, and
  1. Explicitly prohibit ICE near sensitive locations including hospitals, courts, homeless shelters, public demonstrations, community centers, places of worship and schools.

 

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Migrant Power Alliance Solidarity Statement with Migrants and People of Color fighting for Ecological Justice and System Change

We are the Migrant Power Alliance (MPA) an alliance of migrant rights groups, individuals and organizations based in New York City. We believe in the claim Evo Morales made in Cochabamba in 2010, Planeta o Muerte,  “Planet or Death!” We believe the most powerful voices on this urgent matter are those of people of color around the world directly affected by colonization, the pillaging of resources and climate change wrought by imperialism and the capitalist system that tramples Mother Earth and has no regard for human rights. We express our solidarity with those fighting for the United States and other imperial powers to own up to climate debt which is rooted in the debts of colonialism and enslavement of native and black populations all over the world.  We believe in the wisdom and solutions of native communities of diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds from all over the Global South and people of color from around the world who bear the brunt of this destruction. We applaud the interventions they will make this week and support all those who will make their voices and demands heard at the Climate March, the UN Climate Summit and related conferences and panels – which from all accounts are explicitly professional white spaces dominated by organizations that still have a long way to go in being inclusive; we are hopeful that is changing. The presence of people whose lands, resources and bodies have been terrorized shows great resistance and gives us hope that the best solutions will gain support.
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#ICEFREENYC to Mayor de Blasio: End all NYC collaboration with ICE!

Today the ICE-FREE NYC campaign is calling on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to end all City collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

We must protect our right to remain in our city and to honor New York’s immigrant heritage.

Please READ and SHARE our letter widely! You can use this sample tweet:

.@icefreenyc Open Letter 2 Mayor @BilldeBlasio: Terminate all City collaboration w/#ICE bit.ly/deBlasioICEFREENYC #icefreenyc

 

Mayor Bill de Blasio
New York City Hall
260 Broadway
New York, NY 10007

Subject: ICE shatters New York families. Mayor de Blasio, terminate all City collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Dear Mayor Bill de Blasio,

We are New Yorkers working for an ICE-FREE NYC, campaigning to protect our right to remain with our families and communities without threats posed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and working to preserve NYC’s heritage as a city of immigrants. In May, we sent a letter[1] to the Commissioner of the Department of Corrections, Joseph Ponte, calling for an end to detainers and ICE collaboration and we still have not received a response. We now ask that you exercise your authority to end all NYC collaboration with ICE.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has exercised his mayoral authority and joined more than 60 localities nationwide that have stopped holding noncitizens for ICE largely because detainers are a liability[2] and unconstitutional.[3] While those are legal reasons – our primary concern is in the name of human rights and racial justice. NYC must stop being complicit in shattering families and communities.

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ICE-FREE NYC Urges the DOC to Stop Collaborating with ICE on Detainer Requests/Holds

May 29, 2014

Joseph Ponte, Commissioner
New York City Department of Correction
75-20 Astoria Blvd.
East Elmhurst, NY 11370

Subject: The ICE-FREE NYC Campaign urges the Department of Corrections to stop collaborating with Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) on detainer requests/holds

Dear Commissioner Joseph Ponte,

On behalf of the ICE-FREE NYC Campaign (icefreenyc.com), we write to ask that you immediately stop the practice of holding non-citizens in custody of the New York City Department of Corrections (NYC-DOC) on the basis of Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention requests (ICE form I-247). We are individuals, families, community members and organizations defending our right to remain in New York City and working to preserve our legacy as a city of immigrants. Our campaign calls on New York City, including the DOC, to end all collaboration with ICE.

Across the country, courts and federal officials, including Acting Director of ICE David Ragsdale, have acknowledged that detainers are mere requests, not commands. A federal judge in Central Oregon decided in April of 2014 that Ms. Miranda-Olivares’ Fourth Amendment rights were violated when Clackamas County incarcerated her without probable cause based on ICE’s request to detain her. Because the County violated her constitutional rights, they will have to pay her. Similar court rulings have prompted more than 50 local law enforcement agencies to revisit their policies and adopt policies that effectively prohibit honoring all ICE detainers. As the city with the largest immigrant population, we urge the NYC-DOC to join the countless law enforcement agencies that no longer honor ICE detainers.

In New York City, a previous study has demonstrated that honoring ICE detainers imposes serious challenges on our families, communities, and our city. Since NYC-DOC’s practice of detaining New Yorkers pursuant to an ICE detainer, the parents of thousands of U.S. citizen children have been apprehended and eventually deported. From October 2005 through December 2010, the parents of 13,521 U.S. citizen children were apprehended in New York. The absence of one or both parents has long-lasting effects on children’s wellbeing, as well as their future educational and career achievements. When the NYC-DOC honors any ICE detainers, it sets off a traumatic chain of events that ripple through New York communities: a spouse or a partner is seriously strained and must now do the work of two, a child lives with an uncertain future, an employer is left with work undone, and a landlord is left without a rent check.

While the NYC-DOC sometimes regulates the use of ICE detainers, it can do better by stopping them altogether. For example, after much touted reforms, between October 2012 and September 2013, the NYC-DOC still honored ICE detainers in 73 percent of cases and spent more than $50 million detaining New Yorkers pursuant to ICE detainers. Alarmingly, ICE successfully transferred its expenditures onto the NYC-DOC when only reimbursing your department approximately $9 million, leaving New York taxpayers to foot the $40 million bill. Additionally, you are at risk of facing and losing costly lawsuits. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has clarified that a detainer is only a request and local administrations are not required to comply. In March of 2014, the Third Circuit concluded in Galarza v. Szalczyk, et al. that immigration detainers do not and cannot compel a state or local law enforcement agency to detain people they suspect are subject to removal. The ruling further recognizes that states and localities may share liability when they participate in wrongful immigration detentions.

Any policy that honors detainers in NYC undoes historic civil rights gains and the important work being done to end racially biased and harmful Stop and Frisk culture. Studies show that every stage of the criminal justice system (from Stop and Frisk , to legal representation, to sentencing ) is racially biased against poor people of color. This is the population that makes up the majority of the 13,000 inmates imprisoned at NYC’s Rikers Island on any given day. Allowing ICE to operate in the city jails extends the reach of mass incarceration by keeping non-citizens detained for longer periods. A policy against ICE hold requests would not release anyone into the community who is not otherwise eligible to be released. People are only released from custody in the criminal legal system once they have served their time. There is no justifiable reason to treat people’s cases differently just because they are not citizens suspected of having civil immigration issues.

Additionally, the NYC-DOC must not trust ICE and can face mounting financial expenditures in legal liability and detention costs. Using imposturous techniques, ICE is resorting to issuing administrative warrants (Form I-200) in place of detainers. Although these are labeled “warrants,” they are only issued by an ICE agent, not approved by a judge, and does not safeguard civilians’ constitutional rights. At least one federal district court has found that an ICE “warrant” is not a valid warrant.

The costs of honoring ICE detainers include not only concrete financial expenditures that can be measured in dollars, but also the innumerable cost of tearing the social fabric of our city’s future. We urge the New York City of Department of Corrections to stop the practice of holding New Yorkers in custody on the basis of ICE detainers and promptly join the growing number of local law enforcement agencies across the country that choose not to honor ICE detainers altogether.

Commissioner Ponte, you have the power to help build a stronger city – and you will be supported in doing so.

We ask that you provide ICE-FREE NYC a written response to this letter at steercommittee@icefreenyc.com.

Regards,

Signees on behalf of the Steering Committee of ICE-FREE NYC

Mikhel Crichlow
Seelai Karzai
Maria Marroquin
Eric Nava
Mónica Novoa
Abraham Paulos
Sarah Pomar Flores
Marlene Ramos
Denise Romero
Sonia A. Sánchez
Daniel Schneider
Angel Sutjipto

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ICE-FREE NYC in Independent Sources CUNY TV

Abraham Paulos, Executive Director of Families For Freedom, appeared in CUNY TV last week to talk about ICE-FREE NYC. To jump to the interview forward to 15:00. Click here for more details about this episode.

 

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ICE-FREE NYC in the New York Daily News

ICE-FREE NYC was covered on the New York Daily News: 
A new immigrants' rights campaign calls on New York to end all collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement

One would think that New York, the quintessential immigrant city, would be the last place where a campaign such as ICE-Free NYC would be needed. But you would be wrong.

The campaign, spearheaded by the Migrant Power Alliance (MPA) and human rights organizations such as Families for Freedom, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, and Raza Youth Collective, is calling on City Hall to end all collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It was launched last week in front of the ICE offices at 26 Federal Plaza.

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Migrant, Racial Justice & Human Rights Orgs Launch “ICE-FREE NYC” Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   

Monday, April 28, 2014
For interviews with ICE-FREE NYC please contact:
Monica Novoa monica@familiesforfreedom.org
Maria Marroquin media@icefreenyc.com

Migrant, Racial Justice & Human Rights Orgs Launch “ICE-FREE NYC” Campaign

Message to New York City: “Stop all collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and create a safe immigration legacy New Yorkers can be proud of.”

NEW YORK, NY – This Tuesday, Members of the Migrant Power Alliance (MPA) and affiliated migrant and racial justice and human rights organizations including Families for Freedom, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Raza Youth Collective and others, will kick off the ICE-FREE NYC Campaign at 11am with a press conference at 26 Federal Plaza (on the steps on Lafayette St. near the corner of Worth) calling on New York City to end all collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The campaign is led by directly affected New Yorkers. We believe all New Yorkers have the right to remain with their loved ones and communities and the freedom to live free from fear of deportation.

Campaign Efforts

ICE-FREE NYC’s current efforts are to educate the public and public officials about the current environment and share stories about how New Yorkers are affected by our city’s collaboration with ICE which is shattering lives, families and communities through racial profiling, detention and deportation. We call on New York to honor the bright line of separation between all NYC agencies and ICE, making our city safer for all New Yorkers. Our education and advocacy work is summed up by these 3 demands:

1. DOC and NYPD must end all collaboration with ICE.
2. New Yorkers should feel safe in any city agency without the threat of deportation.
3. NYC should use resources to strengthen families, not tear them apart.

Currently, the New York Police Department and Department Of Corrections hand over thousands of New Yorkers to ICE through detainer requests (also known as immigration holds). The DOC has for many years placed ICE holds on people at Riker’s Island and recently we have found that there are also sensitive locations like homeless shelters, courts, etc. where people are intercepted and handed over to ICE. Detainers are not mandatory; they are non-binding requests for local police to hold a person beyond the time they otherwise would have been held in order to facilitate transfer to federal custody with no access to posting bail, no meaningful access to legal counsel, separated from family some times in a network of detention centers out of state and with little chance of successfully fighting their deportation cases.

New York City’s detainer policy undoes historic civil rights gains and the important work being done to end racially biased and harmful Stop and Frisk culture. Studies show that every stage of the criminal justice system (from Stop and Frisk, to legal representation, to sentencing) is racially biased against poor people of color. This is the population that makes up the majority of the 13,000 inmates imprisoned at NYC’s Rikers Island on any given day. Allowing ICE to operate in the city jails extends the reach of mass incarceration by keeping non-citizens detained for longer periods. A policy against ICE hold requests would not release anyone into the community who is not otherwise eligible to be released. People are only released from custody in the criminal legal system once they have served their time. There is no justifiable reason to treat people’s cases differently just because they are not citizens suspected of having civil immigration issues.

New York City must use its resources to support families instead of spending millions of dollars to separate our loved ones. Instead of squandering resources, they could be better used to invest in alternative sentencing, rehabilitation and reintegration for returning community members who have served time. It’s time for New York City to be a leader amongst US cities to stop ALL collaboration with ICE.

Campaign member Abraham Paulos, Executive Director of Families for Freedom said, “ICE detainers initiate a chain of traumatic events. New York City, with an iconic immigrant history is choosing to comply with current policy, but our campaign presents the opportunity to reverse course from that shameful legacy.” He added, “Officials and the public need to know that due to this policy, children are left without a parent, a spouse or partner must do the work of two, employers are left without work done, landlords are left without a rent check, and the community is left to pick up the pieces.”

Current policy makes local law enforcement functionally agents of immigration enforcement, and keeps immigrant New Yorkers in terror due to fear that any interaction with local police will lead to detention. As a result, people are less likely to assert their rights when mistakenly stopped, harassed or racially profiled by police or when reporting crimes or cooperating as witnesses, making it harder to ensure community safety.

NYC’s city council and Mayor de Blasio have an opportunity to help build a city based on public trust, public safety and human rights for all New Yorkers. Mayor de Blasio has said he wants to create a ‘safer and more accessible’ New York City for all immigrants. At the same time, we are concerned that in his immigration plan, while he talks about ending ICE collaboration with detainers he makes a serious exception, leaving out those convicted of “violent or serious felonies.”  Although excluding people with convictions seems like a public safety measure, in reality, cases in this category are rampant with serious violations and injustice. People with convictions deserve to remain with their families too. New York City can do better.

5 Facts about ICE Collaboration

1. New Yorkers already rejected S-Comm and won a statewide campaign to get rid of that policy – The Department of Homeland Security defied the wishes of our state and Governor Cuomo, but we stand by our convictions and we don’t want this detainer policy that’s destroying our families and communities.

2. Between October 2012 and September 2013, NYC transferred 3,080 people to federal immigration authorities.

3. A federal judge in Central Oregon decided in April of 2014 that Ms. Miranda-Olivares’ Fourth Amendment rights were violated when Clackamas County incarcerated her without probable cause based on ICE’s request to detain her. Because the County violated her constitutional rights, they will have to pay her. Since the decision, 13 counties in Oregon are no longer honoring detainer requests to avoid any liabilities.

4. ICE’s detention and deportation policies are breaking apart New York City families and neighborhoods. From October 2005 through December 2010, the parents of 13,521 U.S. citizen children were apprehended in New York. This data is often not obtained by the agency, so the actual number is likely much higher.

5. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has clarified that a detainer is only a request and local administrations are not required to comply. In March of 2014, the Third Circuit concluded in Galarza v. Szalczyk, et al. that immigration detainers do not and cannot compel a state or local law enforcement agency to detain people they suspect are subject to removal.  The ruling further recognizes that states and localities may share liability when they participate in wrongful immigration detentions.

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Sources

Racial disparities in criminal justice system, Stop and Frisk, and sentencing

1.     Cindy Banks. Sage Publications, Inc. “Criminal Justice Ethics.” Chapter 3: “Racial Discrimination in the Criminal Justice System.” 2013. http://bit.ly/1lq9pvM
2.     Juan Gonzalez. New York Daily News. “Gonzalez: Judge’s ruling on stop-and-frisk confirms policy’s racial bias.” August 13, 2013. http://nydn.us/1pHtAJS
3.     The Sentencing Project. Racial Disparity News. http://bit.ly/1jERtxX

New Yorkers Suffering due to ICE Collaboration

4.      Erica Pearson, New York Daily News. “Mandatory fingerprint-sharing for arrested immigrants criticized by civil liberties groups.” August 9, 2011. http://nydn.us/1h7tZfB
5.      NYU School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic; Immigrant Defense Project; Families for Freedom. Report: “Insecure Communities, Devastated Families, New Data on Immigrant Detention and Deportation Practices in New York.” July 23, 2012. bit.ly/1hKbgpv
6.      City of New York Department of Correction Summary of Discharges of Inmates with federal immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detainers. http://on.nyc.gov/1ixV7Zr

Recent groundbreaking court decisions that find detainers to be unconstitutional and big financial liabilities for localities

7.      ACLU press release. “Third Circuit Appeals Court Rules That Immigration Detainers are Non-Binding Requests in Ground-Breaking Case.”    March 4, 2014. http://bit.ly/1rvL2PS
8.      Gosia Wozniacka, Associated Press. “Oregon ruling spurs halt on immigration detainers.” April 17, 2014. http://bit.ly/QVz0RC

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