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Earlier this week, a New Yorker of Uzbek origin filed a lawsuit against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement after the agency allegedly beat and tazed him for refusing to board a plane to be deported, despite a federal judge blocking his removal. Late Monday night, three days after the suit was filed, ICE agents began deporting Bakhodir Madjitov, a home health aide and father of three U.S. citizen children. His attorney, Ahmed Mohamed of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said he was informed Madjitov was put on a flight to Uzbekistan at midnight on Tuesday. His family said Madjitov had contracted COVID-19 in detention. Gothamist
In other local immigration news…
NYPD Officer Arrested for Allegedly Gathering Intelligence on NYC’s Tibetan Community for China
An NYPD community affairs officer in the 111th precinct of Queens and a U.S. Army Reservist was arrested for allegedly gathering intelligence for China. According to a criminal complaint unsealed Monday, Baimadajie Angwang was reporting on the activities of ethnic Tibetans, assessing potential intelligence sources in that community in the city and connecting consulate officials to senior NYPD staffers. Since 2018, the FBI said in the complaint, Angwang had been in frequent contact with a Chinese consular official in charge of Tibetan affairs he referred to as “boss.” Some in the Tibetan community in Queens were suspicious of him and suspected he had ties to the Chinese embassy. Queens Eagle
Immigrants Testify Before City Council about COVID-19’s Toll
Immigrants appeared before the New York City Council on Wednesday to speak about how the coronavirus pandemic has affected their lives. “I was one of the thousands of essential workers who kept delivering food despite the risk,” William Asian, a delivery worker from Guatemala said. After losing his job at a restaurant, Asian began delivering for apps, but he says they stole tips and he had to work 50 hours per week to make $400. Inok Evangelista added that he hasn’t been paid since he was let go from his restaurant job during the first week of the pandemic. Food and medical services have been offered to all New Yorkers, but substantial financial assistance for immigrants is yet to be seen. El Diario via City Limits
1,400 Public Comments Submitted Over NJ Driver’s License Issue
Nearly 1,400 public comments have been submitted to the New Jersey Motor Vehicles Commission over proposed regulations that would allow undocumented immigrants access to driver’s licenses but require applicants provide proof they are ineligible for a social security number. Advocates say this step could discourage eligible immigrants from applying for a license. “Going to a federal agency first before you can apply for a driver’s license makes the process for a driver’s license risky for immigrant families,” said Gloria Blanco, a member of the Wind of the Spirit Immigrant Resource Center. News 12 New Jersey
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