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From Nowy Dziennik
May 28, 2004

By Marek Tomaszewski

New York Police Department refuses to play a role in the search for illegal immigrants. On Tuesday, May 25, 500 officials from the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement began a search for illegal immigrant with a criminal past in the New York metropolitan area. The New York Police Department did not offer to help with this operation.

The Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement is taking this action in New York City, Long Island and the northern Westchester County. Their main goal is to catch those who have broken the law while residing in the United States illegally. In such a situation, it is apparent that individuals who are here illegally but who have not committed any crimes may be arrested and deported.

Federal officials were denied assistance in the operation by the head of the New York Police Department. Washington asked that in addition to the 500 federal workers, 185 New York Police Department officers should help with the searches. “They told us to do everything their way,” said one of the New York Police Department workers.

Paul Browne of the New York Police Department confirmed that Kelly, the Chief of the Police had earlier agreed to the use of less than the requested by Washington 185 policemen in the searches. However, “due to the non-negotiable Federal stand,” the Chief of the Police said, “the NYPD will not be involved at all.”

The experts believe that Kelly’s decision was influenced by the fact that New York did not receive sufficient funds to fight terrorism. According to city officials the funds the city receives cover only half of the costs. They also added that 1000 New York Police Department officers are already working in special antiterrorist brigades.

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Translated from Polish by Malwina Siedlinska.

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