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New York Attorney General vows to push back against Trump deportation policies

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said that the US federal government does not bear legal authority to enforce implementation of recently issued deportation orders on local level.

 In this Feb. 17, 2017, file photo, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman speaks to colleagues at his New York City office.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File / MANILA BULLETIN)

In this Feb. 17, 2017, file photo, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman speaks to colleagues at his New York City office.
(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File / MANILA BULLETIN)

The US federal government does not bear legal authority to enforce implementation of recently issued deportation orders on local level, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement.

“As the legal guidance issued by my office in January makes clear, state and local law enforcement agencies cannot be forced to participate in President [Donald] Trump’s destructive and ill-advised deportation policies,” Schneiderman stated on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the US Department of Homeland Security released two memorandums stating the US government will start the expedited deportation of immigrants captured at US borders.

Read more: Trump admin lays out new approach to illegal immigration

The memos also called for the immediate reinstatement of the Secure Communities information-sharing program which uses state and local police to help federal authorities identify and deport immigrants with criminal records.

Schneiderman argued the memorandums fundamentally damages the established trust between law enforcement agencies and immigrant communities, undermining national security as well as public safety.

Read more: New York attorney general bids to become Trump’s No. 1 enemy

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