US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) unveiled new guidelines Wednesday on how to conduct courthouse arrests, including prohibitions against detaining undocumented family or friends who accompanied a target to court.
ICE agents also were told to avoid detaining anyone in the country without legal documentation who’s been called as a witness in a proceeding, “absent special circumstances.”
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In March of last year, California’s chief justice asked the federal government to stop using courthouses “as bait” for arresting undocumented immigrants.
“Enforcement policies that include stalking courthouses and arresting undocumented immigrants, the vast majority of whom pose no risk to public safety, are neither safe nor fair,” Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye said in a statement. “I respectfully request that you refrain from this sort of enforcement
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