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New York State Police: Stop Enforcing Immigration!
The Workers’ Center of CNY, Worker Justice Center and others are urging people of conscience to call the Superintendent of the New York State Police, George P. Beach II and Troop E Commander, Major Richard Allen regarding recent violations of the Executive Memorandum: 2014, Immigration Law—Alien Procedures (EM #14-48) This EM states: “As applied to vehicle passenger- Even when you stop a vehicle containing a passenger who you believe may be an illegal alien, you have no authority to request or demand identification documents from a passenger.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo has gone even further to underscore this by issuing Executive Order 170 which prohibits state agencies and law enforcement officers from inquiring about or disclosing an individual’s immigration status. Unfortunately recent incidents demonstrate that state troopers have in fact violated the EM and newly minted EO, and thus far, there have been no public denunciations of these egregious and flagrant breaches of the policy.
On the morning of June 29, 2017, a yet-unidentified trooper stopped a vehicle in Penn Yan in Canandaigua County, ostensibly because the driver was not wearing a seat belt. Although the officer was not ticketing the passenger, he asked him for identification, which he did not have with him. The trooper let the driver go on his way with a ticket but arrested two Latino passengers and took them to a State Police barracks in Dundee, and held them for immigration officers to assume custody. One passenger has already been deported and the other–a long time community member and father of two–is now facing deportation. This has truly devastated his children and the wider community.
The State government has opened an investigation into this incident. While we applaud them for opening this investigation, we are also demanding that the New York State Police in general, and Troop E in particular be transparent with the public in how they will ensure that the new EO will be enforced and also disclose how offending officers will be held accountable.
Call Details & Script:
Superintendent of New York State Police – George P. Beach
Troop E Commander Major Richard Allen
“Hi my name is ____________ and I am calling from __________________. I am deeply troubled and concerned by a state police officer from troop E’s violation of the Executive Memorandum: 2014, Immigration Law—Alien Procedures (EM #14-48). This policy prohibits state police from asking for the identification from passengers they suspect are undocumented. Unfortunately on June 29th, the Troop E officer breached this policy by asking two Latino passengers for their ID’s and then turning them over to Border Patrol because they didn’t have identification. Now a father of two who’s also a long standing community member is facing deportation which has devastated his family and community. To date, the officer has not been held accountable. Governor Cuomo recently issued an executive order explicitly prohibiting law enforcement asking about immigration status. I’m calling because I want to know what concrete steps the leadership of Troop E will take going forward, to ensure the Executive Memorandum and the newly minted Executive Order will be enforced and how officers will be held accountable when they commit such egregious violations.”
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