NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Brooklyn District Attorney’s office has unveiled a new policy that changes the way some undocumented immigrants are prosecuted – so as to help keep them in the country.
As WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman reported, the idea of the policy is to prosecute low-level crimes in such a way that the result will not lead to deportation if the person was born in another country.
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Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez will hire two immigration lawyers to train prosecutors and to consult on individual cases to make sure that guilty pleas do not trigger federal immigration laws. That could mean substituting one charge for another.
Gonzalez said he is not trying to “frustrate the federal government’s function of protecting our country, but we are determined to see case outcomes are proportionate to the offense as well as fair and just for everyone.”
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