"In a significant reversal, the Bloomberg administration
said Friday that it would support a City Council bill that would hamper
federal authorities’ ability to detain, and eventually deport,
foreign-born inmates on Rikers Island who are about to be released.
The decision is an important victory for the Council speaker, Christine
C. Quinn, the sponsor of the bill, which is now almost certain to become
law, and for immigrant advocates, who have long assailed the city’s
cooperation with immigration agents based at the prison." New York Times, Sept. 30, 2011.