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Courthouse Media Coverage

ICE’s courthouse arrest practice is at the center of a national controversy, with officials at the local, state, and national levels calling on ICE to stop making arrests in the courts, and ICE publicly defending its practice asserting its intention to continue coming into the courts. This page presents the widespread media coverage of the courthouse arrest controversy, and the public statements issued by and to ICE.

NY State Campaign:

Public Statements by State Chief Judges, Policymakers, and Elected and Appointed Officials:

Speaker Corey Johnson, Immigration Committee Chair Carlos Menchaca, Public Advocate Letitia James, Comptroller Scott Stringer, Borough Presidents, and Council Members Send Letter to Chief Judge Janet DiFiore To Ban ICE from New York Courthouses (2/19/18)

PA James, District Attorneys Calls on ICE to Rescind New Courthouse Arrest Policy (2/14/18)

New York AG Eric Schneiderman And Acting Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez Call For ICE To End Immigration Enforcement Raids In State Courts

Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Reports of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agents Inside Human Trafficking Intervention Court (6/16/17)



When a Day in Court is a Trap for Immigrants (The New Yorker, 11/9/2017)

Fearing deportation, many domestic violence victims are steering clear of police and courts (Los Angeles Times, 10/9/2017).

ICE Told Oregon Supreme Court It Would Continue Operations at State Courthouses (Oregon Public Broadcasting, 9/29/2017)

ICE Courthouse Busts Ten Times Higher Than City Knew (Westword, 9/19/17)

Attorney: ICE Arrests Asylum Seeker in Maine Courthouse (NECN, 4/6/17)

ICE Agents Arrest Dairy Worker En Route to Burlington Courthouse (VPR, 3/16/17)

Undocumented transgender woman filing domestic violence claim arrested at El Paso courthouse by ICE, official says (CBS, 2/16/17)

ICE agents make arrests at courthouses, sparking backlash from attorneys and state supreme court (LA Times, 3/17/17)

Legal Residents Fear Getting Arrested in Court by ICE (The Daily Beast, 3/30/17)

Father arrested by immigration agents at Oakland County custody hearing (Michigan Radio, 3/30/17)

Woman Arrested by ICE at Courthouse Speaks Out (The New Yorker, 2/23/17)

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