Long Island Police Turn More Immigrants in to ICE than Most of NY

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Newsday reports that Long Island police turned more immigrants over to ICE than cops from any other region in the state during the first 18 months of the Secure Communities program. Long Island, which has about 15% of the state’s population, accounted for 44% of the immigrants handed over to ICE. Suffolk County has turned in almost 50% more people to ICE than Nassau.

Long Island Congressman Peter King, who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, is a major supporter of Secure Communities. The program harms police/community relations by creating the perception that local police are an arm of ICE.

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Patrick Young blogs daily for Long Island Wins. He is the Downstate Advocacy Director of the New York Immigration Coalition and Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra School of Law. He served as the Director of Legal Services and Program at Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) for three decades before retiring in 2019. Pat is also a student of immigration history and the author of The Immigrants' Civil War.

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