News Story (New York)
Dan M. Clark
New York Law Journal
April 10, 2019
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Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services NYC (LSNYC)
The increased presence of federal immigration officers in and around New York state courts has led to a sharp decline in equal access to litigation and the use of legal services by undocumented immigrants, a new report released Wednesday found.
The report, released by a coalition of public defenders, civil legal services providers and others, called on the Office of Court Administration to immediately promulgate a rule requiring those officers to obtain a federal judicial arrest warrant before entering state courts to make an arrest.
“When people cannot access the judiciary, when they cannot pursue or defend their rights, when they must choose to stay home rather than seek access to justice, then a crucial branch of our functioning society is in peril and it is up to all of us to protect it,” said Terry Lawson, director of the family and immigration unit at Bronx Legal Services. “We must safeguard our courts.”