- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) - Long Island sheriff’s departments no longer will hold immigrants who are awaiting deportation in jail unless federal officials produce warrants from a judge.

The agency in Suffolk said in a memorandum last week it would not cooperate in the controversial Immigration and Customs Enforcement program called Secure Communities. Nassau curtailed its participation in June.

Newsday (https://nwsdy.li/XGy8Uy ) says the decision puts the counties among more than 200 jurisdictions nationwide that have withdrawn at least in part from the program.

As of July 31, the paper says ICE had sent 781 immigrants from Suffolk and 499 immigrants from Nassau back to their homelands. The counties joined the program in 2011.

An advocacy coalition applauded the decision.

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Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com

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