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New York city employees won't aid immigration detention

Sanctuary cities provide a haven for immigrants by putting policies in place that are designed not to persecute individuals who may not yet have legal status. Recently, New York City has fortified its status as a sanctuary city by implementing new regulations. The new policies may cut down on immigration detention since city employees will not use their resources to aid federal immigration officials in tracking down immigrants. 

The new regulation includes a policy that city employees will not use any time on duty or city property to enforce immigration laws. The city will also not assist federal officials in locating individuals for deportation in another policy that is now legally binding. Even the Department of Probation will not turn over individuals for deportation as a part of the new policies. 

Despite threats that such sanctuary cities will be denied federal funds, New York is pushing forward with their policies. The city is taking steps to reduce penalties for minor charges like disorderly conduct, so as not to disqualify individuals from certain immigration programs. The city has also created a ban from the Department of Homeland Security from deputizing city officers. 

Comprehensively, these new programs solidify New York City's commitment to being a safe place for immigrants by not participating in federal attempts to funnel individuals into immigration detention. Individuals in the city may then have additional time and opportunities to finalize their citizenship. People who seek U.S. citizenship may want to consult an attorney to explore their options to achieve this goal. 

Source: NY Daily News, "New regulations fortify New York City as immigration sanctuary", Erin Durkin, Oct. 31, 2017

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