ICE detentions increase in NYC Courts
A new report from the Immigrant Defense Project, released in January, reports a sharp increase of ICE detentions in NYC courts. While Brooklyn and Queens courts account for the majority of ICE arrests, NYC accounts for 75% of ICE arrests in the state. Compared to 2017, operations rose to 17% from 2017, and 1700% from 2016.
IDP also reports that embolden ICE arrests have increased in violence and brutality during arrests and targeting vulnerable immigrants which violates ICE protocols and procedures.
A Call to Action
With our current administration making ICE and CBP more embolden we call on you to contact your representatives by doing the following:
Dial 1-844-332-6361 and follow instructions to connect you with your Member of Congress.
Use the following script as a guide, we encourage you to add an example of
why this is important to you and for your community.
“Hello, my name is [first and last name] and I'm a constituent of [state/congressional district]. I'm calling as part of the Defund Hate campaign. We're calling on [Member of Congress] to weigh in with leadership and oppose any special funding increase for immigrant detention. This funding fuels agencies like ICE and CBP which have a long track record of lying, hiding information and retaliating against those who speak out against them. We need to use public funds for needed resources like healthcare, education and housing, instead of this hateful detention and deportation machine.
We demand that [Member of Congress] publicly call for significant cuts to ICE and CBP and be a voice to #DefundHate and oppose funding for the detention and deportation machine. But this week, we particularly need [Member of Congress] to reach out to leadership to oppose the special funding increase for immigrant detention in the continuing resolution.”
Repeat steps 1 & 2 to connect with your remaining Members of Congress, it’s
important that your representative and your senators hear from you!
References: Detention Watch Network. https://www.detentionwatchnetwork.org/defundhate
Immigration Defense Project. https://www.immigrantdefenseproject.org/wp-content/uploads/TheCourthouseTrap.pdf