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After being arrested nearly 15 months ago for jaywalking in the Bronx, Javier Castillo Maradiaga, a legal U.S. resident, will finally be released from a New Jersey detention center on a federal judge’s order. City officials admitted Maradiaga’s arrest and transfer to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody was a mistake after advocates fought for months for his release. Officials said an internal Correction Department inquiry discovered the mistake was made by one employee who was suspended and transferred to another unit. City records show the Department of Correction gave over 20 people to ICE since July 2019. The New York Times
In other local immigration news...
Are NYC Mayoral Candidates Talking About Immigration?
Several New York City Democratic mayoral candidates have spoken about immigration or immigrant communities while only a few devote a section of their platform to the topic, analysis shows. City Limits compiled an overview of where immigrants were mentioned in the candidates’ plans and direct answers from the candidates to questions about immigrants. Carlos Menchaca, Shaun Donovan, Dianne Morales, Scott Stringer, Maya Wiley, Andrew Yang and Aaron Foldenauer have publicly spoken about protecting the city’s immigrants from ICE. Immigrant advocates and experts also have a variety of ideas for the mayoral candidates on how to protect the city’s immigrant communities. City Limits
NY Attorney General Seeks to Dismantle Trump’s Immigration Rule
New York Attorney General Letitia James aided the Biden administration’s Tuesday decision to overturn the Trump administration’s “public charge rule.” The rule barred immigrants who rely on or have used government assistant programs from getting green cards and visas. Courts had struck down the rule, James had argued to dismiss the DOJ’s pending appeal to restore it before the U.S. Supreme Court. The U.S. Department of Justice agreed with James and revoked its defense. “The Trump Administration’s Public Charge Rule was nothing more than an egregious attempt to infringe upon the laws and the values of this nation,” James said. News10
Long Island Workers Threatened With Deportation
Employees at Tate’s Bake Shop in Southampton allege they are being threatened with deportation if they try to unionize. Eastern States Joint Board President Cosomo Lubrano said the moment Tate’s supervisors heard the employees wanted to start a union, they began harassing the largely undocumented workforce, which is against the law under the National Labor Relations Act. Workers, speaking through a Spanish interpreter, also described the harassment. A Mondelez spokesperson said that any allegation is untrue and that “Tate’s prides itself on treating all its employees with respect.” News12 Brooklyn
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