Frozen Out of Court

Submitted by ub on Thu, 06/11/2020 - 13:55

In March 2003, the Homeland Security Act set into motion what would be the single-largest government reorganization since the creation of the Department of Defense.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ICE - Under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, principally responsible for protecting the USA from transnational crime and illegal immigration that threaten national security and public safety.

However, a New York federal judge has barred U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement from carrying out a Trump administration policy of arresting undocumented immigrants in and around state courthouses.

The ruling, from U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the Southern District of New York, came as a win for New York Attorney General Letitia James and Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, who had argued that the #ICE policy had a chilling effect on the ability of immigrants to participate in the justice system and on the courts’ ability to administer justice.

Officials stated in a lawsuit that ICE had exceeded its authority under the Administrative Procedure Act and adopted its policy in an “arbitrary and capricious” manner.

Rakoff Bars ICE From Conducting Civil Immigration Arrests at State Courthouses