From the NY Times:
The activists claimed once an illegal immigrant is arrested in New York City and sent to Rikers Island, city government has a policy of turning those individuals over to the federal government’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement division, where they usually face deportation. Oftentimes, charges against those immigrants are dropped, but they are usually deported anyway, being forcibly separated from their families and friends, according to Make the Road New York.
City Council members Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) both spoke at the rally, criticizing the mayor for promoting and praising the city’s immigrant community publicly, but enforcing a policy against undocumented immigrants that creates fear and division.
“I went to a dinner last night where [Bloomberg] spoke very eloquently about the diverse people in our community and the food that’s available,” Dromm said, standing in the church pulpit in front of Make the Road protesters as they held pro-immigration signs and banners.
“We can no longer accept saying one thing and doing another,” he said. “The Department of Corrections and the mayor must be held accountable. When [the mayor] talks about the beauty of this community, the diversity of the immigrant community, being a community of immigrants, we need to hold him accountable.”
Ferreras said the mayor’s cooperation with ICE is financing “the reverse of the Underground Railroad.”
Oh my God, someone please give these people a clue.