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Advocates: NYC Jails Should Limit Dealings With ICE

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Dago Bustillo, left, a Dominican immigrant living in Staten Island, joins a coalition of Latino workers, clergy and civic leaders in a march over New York's Brooklyn Bridge against the Department of Corrections policy to "funnel" illegal immigrants into ICE's detention and deportation program. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Dago Bustillo, left, a Dominican immigrant living in Staten Island, joins a coalition of Latino workers, clergy and civic leaders in a march over New York’s Brooklyn Bridge against the Department of Corrections policy to “funnel” illegal immigrants into ICE’s detention and deportation program. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

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NEW YORK (AP) — Immigrants and their advocates want New York City to limit the information it gives to federal authorities about who’s locked up in city jails.

They say the city tells Immigration and Customs Enforcement about who’s in custody before they’ve been convicted. That can lead to federal authorities having immigrants held and transferred into the federal detention system even if their criminal case ends up dismissed. Once in detention, immigrants face deportation.

A crowd of a few hundred immigrants and their supporters rallied outside City Hall on Tuesday. They called on the city to only inform ICE about those convicted of serious felonies.

The city Department of Correction said it complies with federal regulations, and that ICE determines who gets transferred.

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