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Source: Associated Press
Subject: Immigration
Type: Media Coverage

Feds sought to deport 13,000 inmates from Rikers

Immigrant advocates say authorities have begun deportation proceedings against an estimated 13,000 inmates held at the Rikers Island penal complex in New York City since 2004.

A coalition of immigrant advocacy groups** says they obtained the data through a Freedom of Information Act request. The data demonstrate how the city’s Department of Correction works with federal immigration authorities.

The groups plan to release their findings at a news conference Tuesday.

The Department of Correction says it gives information about newly-admitted foreign-born inmates to federal immigration officers but does not provide information about immigration status.

The Rikers policy predates a broader federal effort to identify and deport illegal immigrants in local jails.

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