The Trump administration’s pursuit of unauthorized immigrants may have hit a wall in New York City.
City Police Commissioner James O’Neill told officers in an internal memo that the department would not enforce administrative warrants issued by federal immigration agents.
“It is critical that everyone who comes into contact with the NYPD, regardless of their immigration status, be able to identify themselves or seek assistance without hesitation, anxiety or fear,” O’Neill wrote in the memo obtained by ABC News.
“The NYPD does not conduct civil immigration enforcement,” the memo to rank-and-file officers said. “Specifically, this department does not enforce administrative warrants issued by Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents or federal immigration judges solely in connection with civil immigration violations.”