- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawmakers say New York City’s police and correction departments should not honor immigration detainers unless a federal judge has issued a warrant.

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito says she’ll introduce legislation next Tuesday.

The bill also would end the presence of federal immigration officers on Rikers Island.

Mark-Viverito says immigrant families looking for better lives are “needlessly torn apart” because of gaps in the law.

An immigration detainer informs local law enforcement agencies that Homeland Security intends to assume custody of a person, and requests information to help make that possible.

ICE says the process helps it identify and remove criminals.

The legislation is supported by Council Members Danny Dromm, Rafael Espinal and Carlos Menchaca.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is the investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security.

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