New York City legal aid lawyers seek to stop ICE arrests at courthouses

Lawyers representing undocumented immigrants fought in Federal Court Wednesday afternoon to stop Immigration’s Customs and Enforcement officers, (ICE), from making arrests at courthouses that they say is interfering with court cases both here and in other states.

News Story (New York)

Todd Maisel
February 12, 2020

Tags: ICE Raids, Immigration

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society (New York City)


Jill Waldman, attorney for the Legal Aid Society said she was also optimistic that the court will side with them.

“We feel that the arguments went very well — the judge understood the arguments and so there was no basis for this to be dismissed and we did establish we had standing with great merit,” Waldman said. “We hope to get a ruling that will keep ICE from terrifying people and allow court access for all people.”

“ICE arrests at courthouses intimidate immigrant youth and their caregivers from accessing relief through the legal system which makes our country less safe and less just. The Door is proud to stand in opposition to this destructive policy with our fellow plaintiffs, New York Attorney General Letitia James, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, the Legal Aid Society, and Cleary, Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.” said Mary Gabrielle Apollon Richardson, Managing Attorney, The Door’s Legal Services Center.