You may have heard about the Ossining High School Senior who was arrested and detained by ICE on the day of his senior prom.
The teenager, who worked two jobs, was taken into custody, as was his mother, and the two were sent to different facilities. This is the story in the Washington Post.
To the Editor:
When President Trump promised the nation that only undocumented violent offenders would face deportation, none of us imagined that a high school student right here in Ossining would be snatched up on what should have been one of the happiest days of his life—his high school prom. Yet that is what happened to Diego Puma last week.
Although we have little control over immigration judge’s orders, we can make sure that our taxpayer-funded resources are not being used to persecute immigrants. The Immigrant Protection Act was introduced in the County Legislature in February and follows the model laid out by Attorney General Schneiderman to protect immigrant communities. It allows local law enforcement to limit their participation in federal immigration enforcement activities in several ways: by refusing to enforce nonjudicial civil immigration warrants; by denying federal requests to hold uncharged individuals in custody more than 48 hours; and by limiting information-gathering that will be used exclusively for federal immigration enforcement.
Unfortunately, there has been no action on the Immigrant Protection Act in the County Legislature. It was referred to three committees: the Committee on Public Safety, the Committee on Legislation, and the Committee on Budget and Appropriations. Not one of these has voted on the Act in the four months since, and without their vote, it cannot be advanced to the legislature for a floor vote.
Reports of crimes from immigrant communities have fallen sharply due to fears of deportation. When our immigrant neighbors are safe, we are all safer. Please take a moment to contact these committees and urge them to bring the Immigrant Protection Act to a vote.