Legal Aid Society


LAS Backs Bill to End ICE Contracts with Local Jails

The New York Immigrant Family Unity Project, a coalition that includes the Legal Aid Society, Brooklyn Defender Services, and The Bronx Defenders, have announced their backing of the “Dignity Not Detention” Act, as reported by NY1 News.

The bill is designed to reduce the power of ICE to separate immigrant families. The measure takes aim at multiple local governments that have contracts with ICE for their jails in New York.

“ICE enforcement and detention is racist, inhumane, and a danger to us all,” the group said in a statement. “It separates families, subjects people to the extensive trauma and harms of incarceration, deprives people of basic human needs and rights, and has killed hundreds of people. Yet in New York State, numerous county and city jails are paid by ICE to incarcerate people solely because of where they were born.”