Sunday, February 11, 2018
Despite the many objections, including the Chief Justice of California, state courthouses remain targets for immigration enforcement.
Immigration Impact reports that, after a significant increase in arrests outside of courthouses in 2017, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has finally released new guidance that officially gives its agents permission to conduct civil immigration enforcement at courthouses.
While this guidance is new, the practice is not. ICE’s presence and arrests at courthouses have prompted public outcry from judges, public officials and community members, who point to evidence that the practice generates fear and hurts public safety. Local law enforcement agencies experienced concerning drops in crime reporting after one such courthouse arrest by ICE.