In the wake of growing deportation programs such as the recently-activated “Secure Communities” initiative, this new report sheds light on the precise ways in which current detention and deportation practices are wreaking havoc on New York City immigrants and their communities. The deportation system is devastating families by not only threatening to exile their loved ones, but also often forcing immigrants to fight their cases for years while locked up in far-away immigration jails.
- From October 2005 through December 2010, ICE apprehended over 34,000 New Yorkers.
- Since 2008, ICE has detained well over 7,000 New Yorkers each year.
- From 2008 to 2010, ICE averaged 7,417 apprehensions per year, nearly a 60% increase since 2006, the first full year covered by the data.
- 91% of New Yorkers detained by ICE are deported.
- The parents of at least 7,111 U.S. citizen children were deported during this same period.
- The parents of at least 10,208 U.S. citizen children were detained without bond.
- At least 7,186 New Yorkers detained by ICE had U.S. citizen children.
- 87% of cases of individuals with U.S. citizen children have resulted in deportation.
- New Yorkers are transferred to far-away detention facilities, outside of New York and New Jersey, at alarming rates. Those who are transferred almost never obtain relief from deportation.