Rank-and-file New York City cops are ready to assist with the federal government’s expanded efforts to deport undocumented immigrants, something the city’s mayor has pledged not to do, the president of the NYPD sergeants union said.
RT Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, took New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill to task on a Sunday radio show, blasting the pair for announcing that the city, including the New York Police Department, would not fully cooperate with the Trump administration’s recent immigration policy directive.
But the latest guidance from the Trump administration broadens ICE’s priorities to include nearly every undocumented immigrant in the United States. The Department of Homeland Security has instructed immigration enforcement to prioritize the deportation of anyone who engages in “fraud or willful misrepresentation in connection with any official matter” — a description that fits any undocumented immigrant who has used a fake social security number to qualify for gainful employment.
NY DAILY NEWS As a “sanctuary city,” the city currently only complies with Immigration and Customs Enforcement “detainer” orders to hold a defendant until federal agents can take custody in cases involving violent or serious felonies.
But in the process of verifying warrants against a defendant, officials said the NYPD will contact relevant law enforcement, including ICE, thereby alerting the agency to an immigrant’s upcoming appearance in a city courtroom.
Advocates slammed the practice, saying it amounts to “collusion” with immigration officials that goes against the spirit of Mayor de Blasio’s pledge that the city will remain a sanctuary city.
Public defenders representing two men in ICE’s cross hairs during separate court appearances in Queens told The News they were stunned to learn the NYPD communicated with the federal agency about both men before they appeared before a judge.
In both cases, screenshots show the city did not comply with ICE “detainer” orders. Instead, immigration agents just showed up to court.
De Blasio has touted a law signed in 2014 that drastically reduced the city’s cooperation with ICE. It declared the city would NOT comply with ICE detainer orders — except those who have been convicted of “violent or serious felonies.”
RTPresident Donald Trump’s new policies demand the deportation of any illegal alien who violates a law or is charged with a crime, no matter the severity of the offense, as well as those who receive government assistance or falsify Social Security data in order to work.
Mullins insisted that the commissioner has “a moral obligation” to “follow the direction of law.” He added that many NYPD cops are ready and willing to assist Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents with deportation orders.
“Make no mistake about it, the members of law enforcement in the NYPD want to cooperate with ICE,” Mullins said. “I speak to cops every day — they want to cooperate with ICE, they want to work with fellow law enforcement agents.”
In its new federal immigration directive, the Trump administration said that any undocumented immigrant can be deported at any time, but said it would be prioritizing “criminal aliens,” meaning those who have been charged with or convicted of a crime.
The NYPD’s top spokesman, Stephen Davis, said ICE also has access to arrest information on its own. The removals will be aided by law enforcement agencies choosing to participate in a program which would grant local officers the authority to act as immigration agents.