The New York Police Department is reportedly coordinating with federal immigration officials, informing them of undocumented immigrants’ court appearances despite the city’s vow as a “sanctuary.” The process is allegedly carried out as the NYPD attempts to verify warrants. Public defenders recounted their experiences to the New York Daily News, expressing shock that the NYPD was already in contact with federal officials before their clients appeared in court.
“We’re supposed to be a sanctuary city. What does it mean if our own court system is participating in turning folks in to ICE?” said Lori Zeno of Queens Law Associates. A spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio said the “NYPD notifies and confirms with all inquiring and arresting agencies the status of an arrestee who may be the subject of a warrant.” Read more at the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS.