Newark Mayor Says ICE Plan 'Provokes Fear And Incites Hatred'

Steve Burns
February 17, 2020 - 5:08 pm
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NEWARK, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Leaders in New York and Newark are promising to protect their immigrant populations as the Trump administration sends in more ICE agents.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka says the deployment provokes fear and incites hatred.

"The Trump Administration plan to bolster ICE enforcement forces with tactical units will undermine our efforts to build community trust," Baraka tweeted. "It will recall painful images of the last time federal troops patrolled our town."

The deployment is part of what the Trump administration calls a crackdown on sanctuary cities, places that decline to hold someone accused of a crime in jail solely based on their immigation status.

Across the river, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is also chiming in, tweeting that this is an abuse of power from the president in an effort to pander to his base in an election year.

President Donald Trump himself is zeroing in on a case out of Queens to make his case against sanctuary cities. Last week he hosted Daria Ortiz at the White House. She is the granddaughter of 92-year-old Maria Fuertes, who was murdered in South Richmond Hill last month.

"The man that is responsible for this should have never had the opportunity to do this," Ortiz said. "The system not only failed our family, but it failed our city."

Reeaz Khan, the suspect in that case, had been arrested several weeks earlier for assault, but was let out despite a detainer request from ICE. The NYPD says it never got that request.