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IMMIGRATION-Caribbean American congresswoman commends NY mayor on signing laws to prevent deportations

Published:Tuesday | November 18, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Congresswoman commends NY mayor on signing laws to prevent deportations


Caribbean-American Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has commended New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for signing laws that will restrict the city's cooperation with United States federal immigration enforcement authorities in deporting undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants from New York City.

"I commend Mayor de Blasio and City Council Speaker Mark-Viverito on their commitment to protecting the families of New York City from the threat of deportation," said Clarke on Sunday, while pointing out more than half a million

people in the city had reason to fear that any interaction with the police, even an arrest on charges found to have been unsubstantiated, could result in forcible separation from their families.

"Individuals who are an integral part of our society were effectively deprived of a right basic to full membership in that society, the right to interact with their government without fear of reprisal," Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, who represents the 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn, New York, told the Caribbean Media Corporation.