Nassau County Executive Laura Curran has told ICE that it must vacate its trailer at the county jail in East Meadow by January 31. The demand comes following an order by the New York State Appellate Division barring local law enforcement from holding immigrants on non-judicial ICE warrants in a case brought by the New York Civil Liberties Union. A similar lawsuit, CARECEN v. Nassau County, is pending in state court. Six ICE officers currently use the trailer.
Congressional Representative Tom Suozzi had been involved in negotiations that brought about Curran’s decision to remove the trailer. He stressed that the removal of ICE from the jail will help community policing efforts to control gangs by building trust in law enforcement among Nassau’s quarter million immigrants. County law enforcement appeared to be working in coordination with ICE, alienating many immigrants.
The Nassau Civil Liberties Union, CARECEN, Jobs With Justice, Empire Justice, and the Clinics at Hofstra University School of Law were among the organizations that led the effort to remove the trailer.