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Brooklyn council member wants to freeze ICE out of city business

TDS-infected Carlos Menchacca

Demorats Against Citizens of America.

From NY Post: A Brooklyn councilman is pushing a bill that would prohibit the city from contracting business with entities enforcing federal immigration laws.

The City Council’s Immigration Committee on Thursday will hold a hearing on the bill introduced by its chairman, Brooklyn Democrat Carlos Menchacca.

The councilman introduced the measure in response to the Trump administration crackdown on illegal immigrants, but sources said even the left-leaning de Blasio administration has some reservations.

Bitta Mostofi, commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, is expected to testify.

Eric Phillips, a spokesman for the mayor, said the administration “support[s] the goal” of the bill but is “working with the Council to figure out how best to achieve it without affecting our city’s security.”

He declined to specify how security could be affected by the bill.

The legislation, if approved, would apply to existing and future contracts and prohibit the city from providing “goods or … services” in exchange for payments “to entities engaged in immigration enforcement.”

City lawyers are reviewing which current contracts fall under the bill. One that would be affected is a $112,000 contract NYPD has with ICE through February 2020, which allows the federal agency access to a police firing range, city official said.

Council Speaker Corey Johnson said he’s reviewing the legislation and is “looking forward to the hearing.”

“One thing I already know is that ICE has no place in our city ripping immigrant families apart,” he said.

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