This Wednesday, the City Council’s Committees on Immigration and Fire & Criminal Justice will hold a joint hearing on the NYC Department of Corrections’ (DOC) cooperation with United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). This collaboration involves using City resources to facilitate the deportation of New Yorkers, who many times are not even convicted of serious crimes. Approximately 3,000-4,000 City residents are deported annually through this system, even though New York is widely considered to be among the most immigrant-friendly cities in the U.S.
A young Mexican college student from El Barrio/East Harlem is just one of thousands of New Yorkers that have been negatively impacted by this policy. He was wrongfully arrested on a murder charge and sent to a detention facility in Texas, until the charges were eventually dropped. Still, he was left with a pending order of deportation against him, which he is still in the process of fighting.
Melissa is currently working to introduce legislation that will restrict the City’s collaboration with ICE to cases where individuals are convicted of violent felonies. While the legislation is still being drafted, this hearing will serve as a useful tool to continue to gather information from the City on this topic.
The hearing will be held on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. on the 14th Floor of 250 Broadway. Please join us to listen or to offer your testimony. We will also be tweeting live from the hearing. If you don’t already follow our Twitter account, please do so at www.twitter.com/mmviverito.