ICE: Making Long Island Less Safe Since 2007
According to a recent report released by TRAC, ICE issues detainers or “holds” on mostly immigrants with no past criminal conviction. A detainer is when ICE asks a local jail to detain someone when they would otherwise be released from custody.
For example, many individuals are arrested for minor traffic infractions, such as driving without a license or with a suspended registration. In the vast majority of these arrests, the invididual is released from jail within 24 hours of being taken into custody.
However, if one happens to be undocumented, ICE comes knocking, and frequently. The vast majority of detainers, as recent statistics show, are for immigrants who have not been convicted of a crime.
Most of our clients are residents of Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The numbers don’t lie: these detainers do not make our community safer.
How does contributing to the deportation of 3,387 immigrants with no criminal conviction make Long Island safer? It does not.
What it does do is destroy families and undermine the public’s trust of local law enforcement.