Last week, a federal judge in New York ruled that the practice of Immigration and Customs Enforcement taking illegal aliens into custody when they show up at hearings in courthouses is illegal. The case was the latest in a series of challenges brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James in her neverending battle to thwart the Trump administration. Of course, when you look at the history of the policy in question, her argument quickly falls apart. But at least for now, the practice will have to come to a halt until the appeals are heard. (NBC News)
A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests at courthouses in New York state, which have increased during the Trump administration, are illegal.
The ruling comes in a case filed by New York Attorney General Letitia James and Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez in September that sought to block ICE from conducting civil immigration arrests at the state’s courthouses.
For years, local officials, including police chiefs and state prosecutors, have said that immigration enforcement operations inside courthouses have hampered their ability to investigate and prosecute crimes. Immigration advocacy organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union have mounted campaigns to track and end ICE courthouse arrests, arguing they undermine the justice system.
The AG quickly took to Twitter to proclaim her victory and reveal the actual reason she was pursuing this matter.