Public defenders claim immigration officers have already made more arrests inside and outside state courts so far in 2017 than they did in the previous two years combined.
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June 29, 2017
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Tags: Courts, Deportation
Organizations mentioned/involved: Bronx Defenders, Legal Aid Society (New York City)
Recently, WNYC reported on ICE agents looking for a woman charged with prostitution at a court for defendants considered victims of human trafficking.
These incidents led the City Council’s committees on courts and immigration to hold a joint hearing Thursday to solicit ideas about what, if anything, can be done — because courts are public buildings. Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has been calling on the court administration to act.
Legal Aid lawyers, other public defenders and advocates for victims of domestic violence gave a range of suggestions. Several said the state’s court system should ban ICE agents from entering a courthouse because it’s not as public as other places.
“It’s not a park,” said Justine Olderman, managing director of Bronx Defenders.