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Subject: Immigration
Type: Media Coverage

Rikers Island Inmates Targeted for Deportation

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.

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

**Including Make the Road New York