On July 26th, 2012, Sergeant Rafet Awad of NYPD Community Affairs Bureau visited KACE.

As a 2nd generation immigrant, Sergeant Awad saw the hardship as an immigrant by their parents and promised them a good relationship between New York City and the Korean-American Community.

According to the Executive Order 41 by Mayor Bloomberg in 2003, it is illegal for New York City's officials (including police officers) to ask a person's immigration status. Sergeant Awad explained that even if you are an undocumented person, you do not need to fear reporting a crime. For the safety of the community, citizens and the police have to correspond however, in reality, rumors about immigration enforcement blocks out the important information.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s agency (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement  (ICE)’s program called, Secure Communities, that started last March, is not registered in the New York Police Department.

However, after the suspect got arrested, the fingerprint that is taken will be sent to FBI for identity check. After the FBI checks the identity, the ICE starts immigration status check. Nevertheless, citizens with no conviction are not the risk target. Sergeant Awad stressed that New York Police Department never conducts immigration enforcement.

U.S. government deported about 870,000 people last year. Among these numbers, 90% were convicted with murder, rape, theft, etc., and 10% were caught by ignoring the summons.

Sergeant said that New York Police Department has the duty to protect the citizens of New York City and does not care about crime reporter’s immigration status and can also report crime anonymously.

If illegal immigrant committed a felony, there is a risk of deportation, but they should not avoid the police for being undocumented.

If undercover cop or uniformed cop requests for your identification for searching, the citizen has right to see the cop’s identification and to reject the request. Also, one can remain silent like a scene in television drama.

Dispute about immigration enforcement are getting more heated, but KACE will campaign about distrust in police of Korean-Americans with the New York Police Department.

 

 

 

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