NEW YORK CITY, New York – Lawmakers are urging New York City to reconsider its stance on cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) following a violent incident involving two NYPD officers in Times Square allegedly at the hands of migrants.
The attack on the officers has sparked a debate about the need for a working relationship between federal immigration officials and the city. Mayor Eric Adams emphasized the importance of deporting migrants found guilty of violent crimes, even if it means ICE operating in the city without the cooperation of the city government.
The relationship between ICE and New York City has been strained since 2014, when a law was signed to limit cooperation between the two.
This issue gained further attention after 14 people were involved in the attack, with only one of the six charged being given bail and the District Attorney’s office declining to charge another one of the men. The four men are reported to have boarded a bus to a border town in California after being charged and released without bail.
Amidst the criticism, Manhattan DA Bragg defended his office’s decision, stating that decisions are made based on the evidence available and that he is working closely with the NYPD.
New York Attorney General Latisha James, Governor Kathy Hochul, and the NYPD have criticized the lack of bail for the attackers, emphasizing that it was a bail eligible offense.
Despite the controversy, Mayor Adams emphasized that he cannot use city resources to cooperate with ICE based on existing law. However, the mayor acknowledged that ICE has a role in dealing with dangerous individuals.
As the debate continues, Mayor Adams and other officials are focused on addressing the issue of keeping the city safe while upholding the law and fairness in the legal system.