Post by Juwaher Yusuf, BAJI Program Associate

Comprised of a group of migrant rights organizations and activists, the Migrant Power Alliance is the anchor behind the ICE-Free NYC campaign urging the Department of Corrections to stop collaborating with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). As a collective, we aim to educate the public and public officials about the current environment as well as share the powerful stories of individuals who are directly affected. We are concerned for the future of our families and are determined to do our part in creating a space to support our community.


ICE detainers are non-binding requests for local police to hold a person beyond the time they otherwise would have been held. Here are the 3 demands of the ICE-Free NYC campaign:

1. The Department of Corrections and New York Police Department to end all collaboration with ICE
2. New Yorkers should feel safe in going to any city agency without the threat of deportation
3. NYC should use resources to strengthen New York families, not tear them apart.

In recent developments, over 100 cities and counties have ended collaboration with ICE in their respective localities. Although New York is made up of one of the highest immigrant populations in the United States, we have yet to make that stride. With local groups such as YAYA and Families for Freedom, the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) is advocating to get ICE out of our jails and prisons in New York City.

We hope that you will join us in the fight for racial justice and migrant rights! Check out our open letter to the Department of Corrections here and stay engaged with our campaign on social media through our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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