The federal government criticized New York authorities Friday for releasing immigrants previously required for deportation from their jails.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service of the United States (ICE) also assured that it will have ” no alternative ” but to continue with the generalized operations.
ICE’s criticism comes after a three-month review of the releases by the New York Police Department (NYPD) and the New York Department of Corrections (NYDOC) , which, according to the agency, determined that of the 440 immigrants who were released between January and April of this year, almost 10 percent returned to commit a crime after leaving the precincts.
“In a nutshell, politics and rhetoric in this city are putting their own communities at unnecessary risk,” said interim director of ICE ERO office in New York, Scott Mechowski.
“ICE has no alternative but to continue to make arrests in general in local neighborhoods and workplaces, wasting valuable resources on criminal aliens who could be safely delivered to ICE custody in jails and prisons,” the official added.
Among the cases highlighted by ICE highlights that of a Guatemalan immigrant who had been arrested in January on a charge of second-degree assault and who, after being released, was arrested in February for aggravated robbery and, in March, again, for resisting arrest.
The agency also reported that a Salvadoran who was arrested for assault in March and released days later was taken into custody the following month for robbery.
ICE agents have not received notification of the release of immigrants from New York prisons since 2014, except when dealing with cases related to the 170 crimes considered atrocious by the mayor’s office, the agency said in a statement.
Lee Fazier graduated from Columbia University in 2005. Lee grew up in Sharjah but moved to The US after school. Lee has written for several major publications including Buzz Feed and the Huffington Post. Lee is a community reporter and also covers world events.