ICE announced Tuesday it will expand its presence in the state to 20 new facilities in the next three years, a move that is likely to fuel criticism of the Trump administration’s approach to immigration enforcement.
The announcement was made during an immigration forum in Manhattan attended by dozens of New York lawmakers and a representative of the ICE detention centers, who are the nation’s largest.
Trump and his administration have made reforming the nations immigration system one of their top priorities, but critics say the administration’s response to the 2016 presidential election has been inconsistent and inconsistent.
Trump has said the United States will deport millions of immigrants in the United Kingdom, Ireland and elsewhere who entered the country illegally.
ICE, however, has said it will deport fewer immigrants who entered on temporary work permits, not long-term visas, and who have committed serious crimes.ICE announced the expansion Tuesday, saying it has seen a decrease in the number and severity of immigration violations in the last three years.
The agency is planning to use the facilities in Manhattan, Queens and other areas of the city to house its immigration detainees and to transfer its personnel to other ICE locations.
The New York City Department of Corrections, which runs the city’s largest correctional facilities, said Tuesday it plans to spend $3.8 billion to house the detainees at its facilities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
The state will use about $2.4 billion of that for the expansion of its jails.
The expansion is one of the most significant in the country as it will likely generate more ICE detention beds and more opportunities for detention officials to meet with detainees and review the cases of their relatives.
ICE said it also plans to use some of the space at the New York facilities to hold a conference call with ICE officials to discuss the new expansion.ICE is planning additional facilities at the federal detention facilities in California, Florida and Arizona.
It said the expansion will begin with a total of 16 new detention facilities by 2021, with additional facilities planned for future years.