Originally posted on CBS New York:
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A new bill in the City Council aims to keep detained immigrants from being deported by the federal government.
As WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported, the measure, supported by Mayor Bill de Blasio, would prohibit correction officials and police from handing over detainees to immigration officials.
But Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito noted there are exceptions.
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“The law will only allow the city to honor the detainer if the subject has been convicted of a violent or serious felony in the last five years or if the person is a possible match on the federal terrorist watchlist,” she said.
The bill would also shutter the federal immigration office on Rikers Island.
Mark-Viverito said New York is setting the standard for treatment of the immigrant population.
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