February 28, 2019

Statement on New York City Comptroller Stringer's Revealing Report on Immigration Enforcement in NYC

Flushing, NY — The MinKwon Center for Community Action joined with New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer on Thursday, February 21st at a press conference to release his latest report on immigration enforcement in NYC, titled The Demographics of Detention. Comptroller Stringer’s report reveals the stark increase of arrests, deportations and immigration court proceedings in NYC for the first two years of the Trump administration, compared to the last year of the Obama administration. The report gave a clear picture that NYC is a major target by immigration enforcement, and more undocumented New Yorkers are at increased risk of deportation.


Deportations in NYC have soared 150% since Trump came to office, and arrests by ICE agents have increased by 88%, the third highest increase of any major city in the U.S. Most alarming, however, is the fact that immigrants from China account for 20% of all immigration court proceedings in NYC, followed by India with 10% and Bangladesh with 8%. Asian immigrant New Yorkers account for nearly half of all immigrant New Yorkers caught up in the immigration system. Half of all immigration court proceedings in NYC affect New Yorkers in Queens, the most ethnically diverse borough in the city.


The MinKwon Center expresses great concern and outrage over Comptroller Stringer’s report that shows Asian Pacific American communities being disproportionately impacted by increased immigration enforcement in NYC. Thousands of undocumented Chinese, Indian, Bangali and other Asian New Yorkers are living under fear of separation from their families. The city must do more to protect the rights, dignity and opportunity of undocumented New Yorkers, and any solution must include input and support from APA communities and organizations.

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