Legal and immigrant groups protest ICE officers in Brooklyn courts
Representatives of dozens of immigrant rights, legal and religious organizations rallied on the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall on Thursday to demand that the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency remove its officers from New York State’s courts.
On Tuesday, dozens of public defenders staged a walkout at Brooklyn Criminal Court after a Legal Aid client was arrested by ICE in the hallway. The attorneys marched to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office, demanding that the Office of Court Administration and Chief Judge Janet DiFiore implement a policy to prevent court staff from collaborating with ICE officers or entering court property.
ICE agents are allowed into courthouses but are not allowed to make arrests in the courtrooms themselves, and they must notify court officials upon arrival.
The rally was hosted by the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys / UAW 2325.