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AG James wins lawsuit against Trump administration on ICE arrests at state courthouses

Letitia James wins re-election as public advocate
Posted at 7:49 PM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-10 19:51:13-04

NEW YORK — A judge says federal immigration authorities can't make civil arrests at New York state courthouses or arrest anyone going there for a proceeding.

The ruling Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff came after New York state and Brooklyn's district attorney sued.

Rakoff struck down a federal policy that plaintiffs said resulted when the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency decided to greatly increase civil immigration arrests in and around New York State courthouses.

Rakoff said the policy was illegal and was made in an arbitrary and capricious manner.

A spokesperson for federal lawyers who represented the government declined comment.

“Our victory over the Trump Administration’s over-policing policies ensures the important work happening in local courts will continue undeterred without the targeting of immigrants seeking access to our courts,” said Attorney General Letitia James. “By allowing federal agents to interfere with state and local cases, the Trump Administration endangered the safety of every New Yorker, while targeting immigrants. All New Yorkers — immigrant or not — can sleep better tonight knowing justice can continue to be carried out. I thank DA Gonzalez for his invaluable partnership in bringing this lawsuit forward and fighting for New York’s immigrant community.”