ICE can now arrest migrants in court in Massachusetts

ICE will now be able to arrest migrants in court in Massachusetts. A ruling that prohibited immigration agents from arresting people susp...

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  • ICE will now be able to arrest migrants in court in Massachusetts.
  • A ruling that prohibited immigration agents from arresting people suspected of living illegally in the United States was overturned Tuesday.
  • The new decision annuls the ruling of the federal judge Indira Talwani of June 2019.

A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down a ruling banning immigration agents arrest people suspected of living illegally in the United States if they were in Massachusetts courts, AP reports.

The decision of the Federal Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit in Boston corresponds to a case brought by prosecutors from two of the largest counties in the state.

District attorneys and public defenders had argued that such arrests disrupted the criminal justice system because defendants, witnesses, and others were so afraid of going to court.

The new decision annuls the ruling of the federal judge Indira Talwani June 2019, which prohibited Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents from arresting people for civil immigration violations when they arrived at, withdrew from or were in court.

The court arrests have outraged lawyers, immigrant advocates and even some judges, who generally want ICE not to send agents to court because they are “sensitive places.”

Although those arrests happened during the administration of President Barack Obama, lawyers say they have increased during the administration of President Donald Trump.

In its ruling, the 1st Circuit court said those who challenged the practice did not show “that ICE lacks the legal authority to make such arrests in Massachusetts.”

Boston’s top prosecutor vowed to continue challenging the practice.

“This battle is far from over,” Suffolk County US Attorney Rachel Rollins said in a statement. “We are totally on the right side of justice in this matter. It is never a setback when fighting for human rights, justice and building a safer community ”.

ICE to arrest migrant courts: Backtracking on Massachusetts

Middlesex County US Attorney Marian Ryan also challenged the government’s practice of arresting immigrants in court.

The group Lawyers for Civil Rights said it would also fight for the ban to be reinstated “to protect the most vulnerable among us.”

“Immigration court arrests hamper justice because it deters witnesses and crime victims from going to court. That hurts us all, “the group said in a statement.

The 2019 challenge was filed days after federal prosecutors in Massachusetts charged a state judge with helping a man living in the United States illegally escape through a back exit from a courthouse to evade an immigration agent who I expected.

The judge in that incident is still awaiting trial.

Los Angeles Sheriff prohibits turning in undocumented immigrants to ICE

He last August 26, Mundo Hispánico reported on the same topic but in the opposite direction.

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) will permanently prohibit the transfer of undocumented persons requested by immigration authorities, due to the coronavirus emergency and the outbreaks unleashed in detention centers.

ICE to arrest migrant courts: Backtracking on Massachusetts

The head of the LASD, Alex Villanueva, reported that the moratorium ordered on April 24 on the transfers of immigrants to the custody of the Immigration and Customs Service (ICE, for its acronym in English) became permanent.

Alex Villanueva made the decision after learning of pending litigation regarding conditions at the Adelanto detention center and allegations of similar conditions at other ICE facilities, according to a LASD statement.

“The moratorium will now be permanent and we will no longer transfer individuals to ICE custody based solely on a civil order,” the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department statement said.

ICE faces multiple lawsuits over the conditions detainees are allegedly subjected to amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Villanueva also argues that he made the decision to build trust among residents of the county, the most populous in the country with about 10 million inhabitants.

“There is no greater threat to public safety than a million undocumented immigrants who fear reporting a crime for fear of deportation and their families being torn apart,” he said.

ICE to arrest migrant courts: Backtracking on Massachusetts

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