California’s chief justice says fed agents are “stalking” local courthouses
March 16, 2017
• Protests in letter to U.S. Attorney General
• “Courthouses should not be used as bait”
Federal immigration agents appear to be stalking undocumented immigrants in California’s courthouses to make arrests -- and that should stop, says California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye.
“As Chief Justice of California responsible for the safe and fair delivery of justice in our state, I am deeply concerned,” she writes in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.
“Courthouses should not be used as bait in the necessary enforcement of our country’s immigration laws,” she writes.
“But enforcement policies that include stalking courthouses and arresting undocumented immigrants, the vast majority of whom pose no risk to public safety, are neither safe nor fair. They not only compromise our core value of fairness but they undermine the judiciary’s ability to provide equal access to justice. I respectfully request that you refrain from this sort of enforcement in California's courthouses,” says California’s top jurist.
While the letter does not provide details where the “stalking” might be happening, the Los Angeles Times has reported that there have been complaints from both judges and lawyers of immigration agents posted near courts in Southern California.