The Frontera Fund founders, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin say undocumented immigrants are still at risk of ICE raids, right in front of courthouses. It’s not as if you can ignore responsibilities at the courthouse, but it’s become a target. With the arrival of Trump at the White House, they are becoming more frequent arrests of undocumented immigrants with no criminal record in court or foreigners due in federal offices to renew temporary residence permits.
Larkin and Lacey say its as if ICE agents have a new policy to target certain areas, and sanctuary areas are top of the lists.
Chicago, California, Arizona, and many other states have seen spikes in courthouse arrests by ICE agents. The attorney general of New York, Eric Schneiderman, has asked the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to stop making raids on NY state courts.
The arrests by ICE agents in court have increased by approximately nearly by five times this year, compared to 2016, and a growing number of victims are reluctant to appear for the prosecution, for fear of being deported.
Although the former president, Obama deported more than 2.7 million undocumented immigrants during his 8 years in office, today there is a greater fear of arrests.
Advocates call into question the legality of such detention in the courts, but courts are public places, and if the agent is identified, it is perfectly legal to make an arrest. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey also point out that the courts are government domain, and you can’t deny access to federal employees.
Should Undocumented Immigrants Appear In Court?
The smart thing to do is get the advice of an attorney. Different courts have different levels of tolerance, but the immigration court will enforce appearances in a stricter fashion today. Under the Trump administration, there seems to be no individual and humanitarian tolerance for immigrants,and undocumented immigrants have very little options.
However, Larkin and Lacey say that many of the targets for arrest in or near the courts are undocumented immigrants with previous criminal convictions in the United States. ICE agents are obviously using the court system to their advantage, and it’s becoming routine.
Several cities have declared sanctuary of immigrants in various parts of the country, and they refuse to cooperate with the federal government to detain undocumented immigrants. Trump’s administration has threatened to cut federal funding if they do not agree to participate, however, a court has blocked that executive action. Read more: Jim Larkin |LinkedIn and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
ICE says that the lack of cooperation of some cities often allows people who have significant criminal records to be released and become a potential threat to the public. Thus, the cities that do not cooperate are being targeted heavily by ICE agents.
Founded in 2014, the Frontera Fund has been working to help immigrants and protect the general principles of Human Rights. Larkin and Lacey, founders of the Frontera Fund advocate to ensure that in accordance with national laws and human and civil rights law, immigrants fundamental rights are not limited or denied