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Updated on August 24, 2016


Today there is much debate, precedented even, about families deported and displaced leaving loved ones who happen to be mostly children born in the U.S.; due to their parents being undocumented immigrants.

One of New York's best kept secrets, is the fact that on any given day, including today, there are hundreds of convicts, sometimes thousands, who are serving 10, 15 plus years to life, that were ordered deported 10-30 years ago by immigration judges. Those with "Final Orders" (have waived the right to appeal the decision, or have exhausted appeals), and are eligible having appeared before the Parole Board, largely are denied release to the custody of Immigration & Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.), or Homeland Security, using the same language that is used to deny those who are American citizens.

The reality is the Parole Board is not authorized to send anyone with a "Final Order" back to New York. They can only be released to the custody of I.C.E.; yet the board routinely denies release to these foreign nationals, mostly Caribbean, whose release will automatically save New York's taxpayers millions of dollars yearly.

Someone has determined that it makes more sense to deport the families of U.S. children, who are productive members of society, doing the jobs most frown upon; than to deport convicts found deportable over 10 plus years ago that are costing millions of tax dollars yearly. Is that not a gross injustice?

It somehow seems to make more sense to keep people in the United States who costs millions of tax dollars yearly, than those who already a part of the workforce and are positively contributing to society.

Governor Cuomo's efforts at downsizing the prison population of New York State, by closing a few prisons, whether due to economics, criminal justice reform, or the disparate treatment of certain segments of our society; is a common sense, fundamental approach in serving the people of the state of New York; echoing the concerns nationally of numerous private and government entities, including President Obama.

Countless organizations like Milk Not Jails, Parole Justice Reform, the New York Times editorial board: "A chance to Fix Parole in New York", September 4th & 5th, 2015, have scrutinized and criticized the parole board's refusal to grant parole to those with "To Life" at the back of their sentences.

Within this class of prisoners exist on of the state's best kept secrets. The aforementioned deportable convicts with 'final order' of deportation, and how their denial or release affect the pockets of the taxpayers.


Executive Law 259-I (2) (d) : Manual Item: 9305.02 authorizes the board of parole to grant "Conditional Parole for Deportation Only" (CPDO) to individuals with a final order of deportation, when they appear before the parole board. An Individual with a final order, who appears before the board of parole is eligible.

The state spends between $60,000 - $90,000 yearly to keep a convict per year. Therefore every 24 month denial of release to a deportable offender, costs taxpayers between $120,000 - $180,000! That is the cost for keeping working class undocumented immigrants, and it does. This contradiction is disingenuous at best, yet shocking and factual.

Why do we have to pay to keep people here, when we can send them back to their birthplace? The money saved could be utilized to feed the hungry, keep a school, nursery or fire station open; which we seem to be closing or ignoring on a daily basis.


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