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Newburgh Rejects Federal Program; May Lose Grant Funding

The Newburgh City Council refuses to sign a federal form that would allow immigration agencies access to facilities.
The Newburgh City Council refuses to sign a federal form that would allow immigration agencies access to facilities. Photo Credit: City of Newburgh

NEWBURGH, N.Y. – The Newburgh City Council refused to sign a form from the Department of Justice that would allow immigration agents access to jails and other detention centers to interview immigrants who are believed to be in the U.S. illegally, according to the Times Herald-Record.

The form is attached to the Community Oriented Policing Services program, an initiative that Newburgh was hoping to receive funding through in order to put four new Police Officers onto the force. Refusing to sign the form may put the funding for the positions in jeopardy, the Record reported.

City Manager Michael Ciaravino said the City of Newburgh would not be "intimidated and harassed and bullied," The Record said.

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