According to one immigrant advocacy group, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids have begun in New York City and have resulted in 40 arrests thus far.
Steve Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, released the following statement:
“We are horrified and angered by the ICE raids and activity in the greater New York area that has led to the arrest and detainment of 40 people. Shame on ICE for putting New York’s immigrant communities—four million strong—in a state of panic.”
Choi continued, “These arrests do nothing but tear families apart, hobble our economies, and corrode the bonds of trust that tie our communities together—all under the false pretense of ‘public safety. These are dark times for immigrants in our New York, and in America.”
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Theo Oshiro, deputy director of Make the Road New York, also responded to recent activities: “What we’ve seen is that the incidents in Staten Island are consistent with what we’ve seen with the surge of ICE activity in the last week.”
Pursuant to an executive order signed by President Trump in January, raids in six states have begun, resulting in arrests of hundreds of illegal aliens from across the country.
After congresswoman Nydia Velazquez and congressman Jerry Nadler recently traveled to John F. Kennedy International Airport, demanding the release of 11 individuals who were held due to President Trump’s order to delay travel from seven nations, Oshiro praised representatives’ leadership.
Oshiro believes that such actions have been “productive and good in the eyes of the community.”
“We feel that elected officials overall should stand with immigrants and should make that their voices heard on these issues. We encourage elected officials, and work with elected officials, to make sure that they are speaking out for affected communities,” said Oshiro.
Oshiro also indicated that the organization has reached out to Mayor Bill de Blasio and other various elected officials in an effort to learn how they will “move forward under this new reality we are seeing.”
A spokesman for de Blasio, Rosemary Boeglin said that the city will continue to support the illegal immigrants who reside in their city, making up nearly 40 percent of all New York residents.
Boeglin also reaffirmed that the NYPD would not become immigration enforcement agents and that city officials would not question individuals about their immigration status.
Boeglin said in a statement, “The mayor’s office has received credible reports of immigration enforcement activity in several New York City neighborhoods in the last few days. The mayor is closely monitoring the situation and the administration is working with NYPD and community organizations to verify the activity as we receive reports.”
President Trump has also signed an executive order to cut federal funding for sanctuary cities which do not comply with the federal law and, instead, offer safe haven to undocumented immigrants.
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