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On Monday, New York federal judge Alison Nathan rejected Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s bid to dismiss a lawsuit that blocks the agency from making arrests in New York state courthouses. Nathan became the latest judge to rule that ICE’s courthouse arrests do in fact violate a longstanding bar on making civil arrests at courthouses. The Manhattan judge rejected ICE’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit. ICE ramped up arrests in courthouses across the country after President Trump took office, leading to a 1700% increase in New York state. The New York State Senate recently passed the Protect Our Courts Act that makes it unlawful for ICE to make a civil arrest in New York courts. Reuters
In other local immigration news…
Tenant Advocates Skeptical of Cuomo’s Latest Eviction Moratorium
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Monday again extended protections for tenants against eviction notices until Jan. 1st, as many continue to struggle to pay rent during the pandemic. But details on the latest moratorium are unclear. “I want people to have fundamental stability in their lives,” Cuomo said during a press call Monday morning. The new moratorium extends protections to households — including 14,000 in NYC — who received eviction notices before the pandemic began. The governor did not release the language of the executive order, leaving the courts and advocates with many questions. The current moratorium is set to expire Oct. 1. Gothamist
FBI and ICE Renew Calls for Info on Missing Girl
Federal Bureau of Investigation and ICE agents are renewing calls for information about the disappearance of 5-year old Dulce Maria Alavez, who was last seen at Bridgeton City Park in New Jersey. Alavez’s mother told police she was playing in the park with her 3-year-old brother when she disappeared. Alavez’s mother was in a vehicle watching Dulce when she lost sight of her and she disappeared. ICE has also joined the investigation. The case has garnered sustained interest, but the FBI has failed to gather any leads. Local police feared people in the immigrant-heavy community were afraid to come forward with information due to their immigration status. Fox17