Hunger Strikers Pressure Bloomberg to End Deportations

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NEW YORK -- A group of 40 pro-immigrant, religious and political leaders have gone on a hunger strike to protest cooperation between federal immigration authorities and the state Department of Corrections in New York, reports Spanish-language newspaper El Diario.

According to the strikers, roughly 4,000 people are deported from New York prisons and jails every year, regardless of whether or not they are found guilty of the crime for which they were originally detained.

The protesters have placed blame squarely on the shoulders of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who they accuse of allowing deportations to continue despite being a self-described, pro-immigrant politician. In addition to those activists on hunger strike, a larger group of over 200 religious leaders have asked Bloomberg to stop cooperating with federal immigration officials.