Charges against 10 men accused of blocking a sidewalk at a popular Queens gathering place for day laborers will be dismissed after six months if the defendants stay out of trouble, the Queens district attorney’s office said on Wednesday.
The men, who were arrested on Tuesday on charges of disorderly conduct, were all released from police custody by Wednesday afternoon, and their cases were “adjourned in contemplation of dismissal,” said Helen Peterson, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office.
Police Release 10 Day Laborers Arrested at Gathering Place in Queens
Ms. Peterson said that “as a general rule,” the Queens district attorney’s office did not ask an arrested person about immigration status. But she added, “In rare cases, however, such as when a defendant has re-entered the country after having been deported, which is a federal crime, we do notify federal immigration authorities.”
This protocol is in keeping with a citywide policy, established by two executive orders, not to inquire or report on the immigration status of city residents who approach the city seeking services, information or help, according to Guillermo Linares, commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.
And in other illegal alien news:
Nunez, who is from the Dominican Republic, reportedly told authorities he resisted because he was afraid he'd be deported again if he were arrested.
Nunez, 32, was deported June 24, 1998, by an immigration judge after a drug arrest in New York. He was charged in Manhattan with selling cocaine to an undercover officer in 1997, and he had a drug conviction in 1996. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents say they're not sure when he re-entered the country.
Federal immigration officials said Nunez also was facing a charge of re-entering the country after deportation.