Court Rules NY Law Enforcement Cannot Detain Immigrants for ICE

From New York Civil Liberties November 14, 2018, press release: A state appeals court in Brooklyn ruled today definitively, and for the first time, that it is illegal under state law for local law enforcement agencies in New York to make immigration arrests at the request of federal immigration officials.

“This critical ruling makes clear that police and sheriffs in New York not only should not, but cannot do ICE’s bidding,” said Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union. “The role of local law enforcement is to protect and serve all New Yorkers, and that is incompatible with the unlawful detention of our neighbors and family members at the behest of the Trump deportation machine.” See the full release here.

Download the NYCLU fact sheets on the court’s decision, New York Officers Cannot Arrest or Hold People for Federal Immigration Enforcement (English, 2 pages) (Spanish, 1 page).

 

 

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