California Chief Justice To Feds: Quit ‘Stalking’ Undocumented Immigrants In Courthouses

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Tani Cantil-Sakauye says using courthouses as “bait” to make immigration arrests is “neither safe nor fair.”:

California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye urged the Trump administration to stop immigration enforcers from “stalking” undocumented immigrants in state courthouses in order to make arrests.

“Courthouses should not be used as bait in the necessary enforcement of our country’s immigration laws,” Cantil-Sakauye wrote in a letter Thursday to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. “[E]nforcement 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.” 

Attorneys working in courthouses from Los Angeles to San Francisco have complained to the chief justice since January that immigration agents are arresting immigrants when they show up at judicial centers, Cathal Conneely, a state Supreme Court public information officer, told The Huffington Post.

Lawyers have reported seeing immigration officials seize people on courthouse steps, and “in some instances inside courtrooms,” Conneely said. He cited a Los Angeles Times report describing immigration agents, some in plainclothes, targeting courtrooms in California, Arizona, Texas and Colorado. 

Such tactics, the chief justice said, “compromise our core values of fairness,” and “undermine the judiciary’s ability to provide equal access to justice.” Cantil-Sakauye and said she’s concerned the practice may reduce public trust in the court system.

You can read the rest at the Huffington Post.

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