TRENTON — The chief justice of New Jersey’s Supreme Court is calling on federal immigration officials to stop arresting unauthorized immigrants at state courthouses, warning the practice could undermine New Jersey’s justice system.
In a letter to federal Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, Chief Justice Stuart Rabner raised concerns over two recent arrests by Immigration Customs and Enforcement officers of individuals making routine court appearances.
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“I write to urge that arrests of this type not take place in courthouses,” Rabner wrote in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by NJ Advance Media.
Rabner joined critics around the country who have voiced opposition to courthouse arrests, which have become more visible under President Donald Trump’s push to crack down on illegal immigration.
Federal officials have defended the practice and said to expect the arrests to continue. Rabner argued it could have far-ranging effects on the administration of justice in the Garden State.
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