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Report shows sharp increase in immigration charges in NYC

Immigrants are a vital part of New York. Even so, undocumented people have faced a great deal of scrutiny in recent years. A recent report filed by the New York City comptroller reports there has been a rapid increase in the activities of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He wants to see greater protections for immigrants and fewer immigration charges.

Comptroller Scott Stringer says his report shows an increase in arrests, deportations and immigration court proceedings when comparing the last year of the previous presidential administration to the first two years of the current administration. He believes that immigrants should have more legal services made available to them by the city in support of their defense efforts. He also promoted the Immigrant Freedom Fund, which assists immigrants in paying bond when they are detained for the duration of their case. Stringer also called for new laws that would prevent ICE agents from arresting immigrants in or near courthouses.

Reportedly, deportations in New York City jumped 150 percent from the 2016 fiscal year to the 2017 fiscal year. The report also says that the percentage of deportations of those immigrants who do not have any criminal convictions was even higher. Several other measurements in the report also appear to back up Stringer's primary claim. He wants other lawmakers to consider the humanity of those affected by these arrests.

Immigration charges can be difficult to navigate. Many people in New York who find themselves facing this situation have more rights than they may realize. An attorney who has experience with immigration law can help families determine the best course of action that will give them the greatest chance at staying in the United States.

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