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ICE Sued Over Courthouse Arrests By NY Attorney General, Brooklyn DA And Advocates

September 26, 2019 (1 min read)

Beth Fertig, WNYC, Sept. 25, 2019

"New York State Attorney General Letitia James, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez and the Legal Aid Society filed two separate federal lawsuits Wednesday against Immigration and Customs Enforcement, accusing the agency of illegally arresting immigrants inside and outside courthouses.

“Unfortunately, a two-year pattern of civil immigration arrests by federal ICE agents in and around state courts has caused a major disruption to state court operations,” James said, during a press conference at Foley Square. She said ICE’s activities deter immigrants “from assisting in state and local law enforcement efforts or protecting their own rights in court” and do “more harm than good.” "