Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Immigration Officials Often Detain Foreign-Born Rikers Inmates for Deportation

Published: August 24, 2009
New York Times

In a city with a “don’t ask, don’t tell” approach to immigration
status, it may come as a surprise to many that the New York Department of
Correction routinely gives a list of foreign-born inmates at Rikers
to immigration authorities, who use it to question, detain and try to
deport thousands of them.
At least 13,000 Rikers inmates have been placed in
deportation proceedings since 2004 through this practice, a coalition of
immigrant advocacy groups has learned from data obtained in a Freedom of
Information Act request. The groups, and their lawyers at the Immigrant
Justice Clinic of Cardozo School of Law
, will discuss the findings and start
a protest campaign Tuesday morning at Judson Memorial Church in Lower

Read more about local-federal collaboration and this new campaign: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/25/nyregion/25rikers.html

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