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Wed Dec 12, 2018, 09:44 PM

Ex-judges to ICE: End immigration arrests at courthouses

Source: Associated Press

Ex-judges to ICE: End immigration arrests at courthouses

By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER
December 12, 2018

BOSTON (AP) — Dozens of retired state and federal judges called Wednesday on U.S. immigration officials to stop making arrests at courthouses of people suspected of being in the country illegally, saying immigrants should be free to visit halls of justice without fearing they will be detained.

Nearly 70 former judges from 23 states — including federal judges and state supreme court justices — said in a letter sent to Acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Ronald Vitiello that courthouse arrests are disrupting the criminal justice system.

“I just can’t imagine that we are closing our courtrooms to people who have a right to be there. And you really are closing them if you instill fear in people so they cannot come near a courtroom,” said Fernande R.V. Duffly, who was born in Indonesia to Dutch and Chinese parents and served as an associate justice on Massachusetts’ highest court until 2016.

The judges are urging Vitiello to add courthouses to the list of so-called “sensitive locations” that are generally free from immigration enforcement, like schools and places of worship. They say that only “unequivocal guarantees and protections will restore the public’s confidence that it can safely pursue justice in our nation’s courts.”

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Wed Dec 12, 2018, 10:17 PM

1. They won't though ... they WANT them to be scared to come to court

That way they end up convicted, and getting failure to appear charges, maybe some fines they can't pay ... BOOM ... now you're a CRIMINAL FUGITIVE, with WARRANTS.

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