Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have arrested six people inside courthouses in New York City in 2019, according to the Office of Court Administration. New York City is the only place in the state where immigrants were arrested. ICE agents produced a judicial warrant in each of the arrests, in accordance with a recent rule change brought down by the OCA.
In April, the OCA declared all ICE agents must have a warrant signed by a federal judge if they want to make any arrests on New York state court property. “In January of 2018, as a direct result of our communications with ICE officials, ICE issued a formalized policy regarding potential arrest situations in courthouses,” said Lucian Chalfen, head of OCA. “Even before our April 2019 Directive regarding agents needing a Federal Warrant, agents began to limit arrests to individuals with active Federal Warrants… We continue to monitor the situation and are mindful of their activities not having an effect on courthouse operations,” Chalfen said.
The arrests happened in the New York County Supreme Court, Kings County Criminal Court and Bronx Criminal Court, among others. Most of the people arrested were men. More than 200 immigrants were detained by ICE in and around courthouses statewide in 2018, according to the Immigrant Defense Project. This change amounts to a 97 percent drop in arrests between the two years. Queens Eagle
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