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BROOKLYN DEFENDER SERVICES STATEMENT ON FEDERAL JUDGE RULING ICE COURTHOUSE ARRESTS ILLEGAL

June 10, 2020

 

Contact: Daniel Ball, dball@bds.org

 

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BROOKLYN DEFENDER SERVICES STATEMENT ON FEDERAL JUDGE RULING ICE COURTHOUSE ARRESTS ILLEGAL

(BROOKLYN, NY) – Nyasa Hickey, Director of Immigration Initiatives at Brooklyn Defender Services released the following statement following Federal Judge Jed Rakoff’s order barring ICE from arresting people on their way to or in New York State courthouses as a violation of law:

“Judge Rakoff’s ruling means ICE will no longer be able to stalk, terrorize, and arrest immigrants in New York State courthouses or as they travel to or from court appearances. This illegal practice has long jeopardized safety and had a chilling effect on immigrants’ ability to access the court, including to defend themselves. Now, all immigrants in New York should be able to access the courts without fear of being arrested and detained by ICE as they assert their legal rights. We urge the legislature to pass the Protect Our Courts Act to ensure that the rights recognized by Judge Rakoff are codified in New York State.”