In the wake of a new federal crackdown on undocumented immigrants, Police Commissioner James O’Neill reiterated the city’s commitment to immigrants, assuring residents that cops will leave the roundup to someone else.
“The NYPD is committed to maintaining a welcoming environment for immigrant communities while also maintaining public safety for all,” O’Neill wrote Wednesday in an internal memo.
“The NYPD does not inquire about the immigration status of crime victims, witnesses, or others who call or approach the police seeking assistance.”
O’Neill also pointed out that the department does not enforce administrative warrants issued by Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents or federal immigration judges solely in connection with civil immigration violations. So if some overstays a lawfully-issued visa, don’t look for the men and women in blue to make the bust.
“However, the NYPD does and will continue to honor federal immigration detainers when there is a risk to public safety,” the commissioner said.
O’Neill’s memo comes on the heels of a White House crackdown on illegal immigration that saw the Department of Homeland Security release new guidelines that could lead to the most widespread deportations in decades.