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NYC Goes In Different Direction Than Feds Over Immigration Enforcement

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Immigration control has become the federal government's highest criminal law enforcement priority, according to a new report by the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute. The report found that the Obama administration spent $18 billion on immigration enforcement last year. That's more than all of the Justice Department's law enforcement agencies combined — including the F.B.I. and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

In an interview with WNYC's Amy Eddings, freelance reporter Sasha Chavkin explains how the growing immigration enforcement system effects New York City.

He says the report show what a behemoth the immigration enforcement system has become, and not just in cost.

“Immigration enforcement agencies now refer more cases to courts for prosecution than all of the justice department’s law enforcement agencies combined,” he said. “And a lot of that has been spent on deportations.”

He noted the last two years have had record deportation numbers.

But, he added, New York City has been going in the different directions. “The number of people removed from New York City went down,” he said.

Listen to the full interview above.

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Frank Bowers

Most of that must go to kick backs or to foreign governments as gas money north for their citizens. It sure as sam hills has not slowed the movement from S. America, C America, and mexico. Here in Texas we have more punch 2 speaking illegals than citizens.
Frank Bowers, FIC; 100% DAV; Class of 1937; Austin, TX

Jan. 09 2013 09:47 AM
e.r. from brooklyn

Your piece on the new MPI report was very weak. Neither the reporter nor the interviewee seemed to know much about the issue of immigration enforcement or immigration court - and it was positively embarrassing that Amy Eddings characterized the Obama administration's enforcement policies as less rigorous in some way. The administration's deportation numbers are at historic highs, and that what the administration has *supposedly* done is added a layer of increased discretion regarding who gets targeted for deportation, not decreased deportation levels. Multiple media and NGO reports have contended that policies of discretion have not prevented the deportation of many immigrants with zero criminal background and deep family and community ties in the US. This is a complicated set of issues, and WNYC listeners deserve to hear from folks who can speak to the complexities, not speak in sound bites of messaging.

Jan. 08 2013 08:00 PM

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