New York City is making it tougher for immigration officials to detain people being released from police custody.
Police sometimes will be barred from honoring immigration detainers, under measures Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed Monday. The detainers let federal immigration officials get custody of potentially deportable immigrants released by local authorities.
Police still would honor detainers for people with criminal or immigration violation histories, among other circumstances. But they wouldn’t notify immigration authorities when releasing youths and people without significant criminal records.