Illegal immigrant’s 145G ‘deport gift’

May 10, 2010

By REUVEN BLAU, New York Post

An illegal immigrant with a long rap sheet got a $145,000 parting gift from New York City taxpayers before he was deported, after city lawyers decided his civil rights had been violated when he was held too long on Rikers Island.

Federal rules allow local law enforcement to detain suspected illegal immigrants for 48 hours after their criminal cases are resolved, to give Immigration and Customs Enforcement a chance to pick them up and move them to federal facilities.

Former Brooklyn resident Cecil Harvey, 55 — backed by an immigration-rights advocacy group — argued that his rights were violated when he spent more than a month in a Rikers holding pen before being transferred to ICE.

Harvey was shipped to his native Barbados in October 2007; the city settled his civil suit late last year.

The landmark settlement has prompted the Correction Department to dump scores of illegal immigrants on the streets, since federal officials often fail to pick them up within the required two-day window.

Federal immigration agents have office space on Rikers Island, and the city allows them to interview roughly 4,000 inmates each year. They put a hold, or “detainer,” on 3,200 of those inmates who they discover are illegals.

But ICE often fails to transfer those detainees within the required 48 hours of their criminal cases being resolved, multiple jail sources said.

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2 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Jerry B. says:

    Sounds to me like ICE should sign a contract with New York to house illegal immigrants for them. That way the NYC could transfer “custody” of these people to ICE while the physical location remained the same.

  • jere myers says:

    When are we going to wake up and see the world for what it is. Our laws, civil rights, freedoms and any other benefits should only be valid if you are a legal citizen of the USA. As long as our courts and lawyers can make a profit from these Illegal aliens this will continue. Our immigration laws need updated and severe penalties need to be enforced to keep these people out of our country. If your here illegally you need to go as empty handed as when you crossed our boarders to get here.

    A good example is gun rights and the second amendment. There is no crime in my neighborhood as most of us carry loaded fire arms. Its a very simple equation “arm the population and crime will drop to all time lows”. Sure you cant prevent all of the horrible crimes that take place, you can however significantly drop the crime rate if everyone carried a gun. No one would know for sure if you had one or not. There are too many lobbyist in Washington giving away lots of money to these politicians to buy there votes. It all needs to stop before its too late.

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