NEW YORK (AP) --
Immigrant advocates say authorities have begun deportation proceedings against
an estimated 13,000 inmates held at the Rikers Island penal complex in New York
City since 2004.
A coalition of immigrant advocacy groups** says they
obtained the data through a Freedom of Information Act request. The data
demonstrate how the city's Department of Correction works with federal
The groups plan to release their findings at a
news conference Tuesday.
The Department of Correction says it gives
information about newly-admitted foreign-born inmates to federal immigration
officers but does not provide information about immigration status.
Rikers policy predates a broader federal effort to identify and deport illegal
immigrants in local jails.
Since the November NYC elections, MRNY members have been hard at work setting the agenda for our next mayor, City Council and citywide elected officials.
We kicked off "Talking Transition" with a low-wage worker forum and our attorneys have been staffing a Single Stop clinic around the clock at the Transition tent.
Recently, our youth joined the Transitions conversation to bring education and police reform issues into the spotlight for the new elected officials. 17-year-old youth leader Cheyanne Smith was also profiled in the New York Times for her leadership to make NYC schools more respectful, safe, and dignified places for learning.