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Stringer Report Finds Staggering Increase In Immigration Enforcement In NYC

February 21, 2019 - 1:11 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer issued the results of an investigation which found that New York City has seen a massive increase in immigration enforcement compared to other large U.S. cities.

Stringer, speaking at Foley Square, said deportations have gone up 150 percent in New York City over the past two years.

Overall arrests by ICE are up 88%, the third highest increase of any major U.S. city, with Queens home to half of all immigration court proceedings in the city, according to the report.

Stringer said, “That means since 2017, over 1,500 additional immigrant New Yorkers were picked up off the streets and kicked out of the U.S. than in three years past.”

Stringer said that he is ashamed of ICE and that New York has failed to keep its promise to be a sanctuary city but that the true blame feels at the feet of President Trump.

The comptroller called on the city and state to support universal legal representation and help detained immigrants afford bond payments.

He added, "The State must also do more to ban ICE from courthouses outright – and the City should continue to support immigrant bond services.”