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Trump’s Deportation Squad Chased Out Of Courthouse By Media

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) were conducting raids in a New York City area court this morning. They were at the Kings County Criminal Court in downtown Brooklyn earlier today. The media coverage of their little stunt apparently forced them out. Buh-bye – try to make your next operation less obvious.

About half a dozen agents were posted outside the courthouse at 120 Schermerhorn St. and attorney Nathaniel Damren spotted them nabbing two men around the corner just after 9:45 a.m. Damren alerted people on social media about this apparent organized effort to detain immigrants who had to show up to court this morning. Thanks to Damren, with the media’s involvement, their plan was aborted.


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Scott Hechinger, Senior Staff Attorney and Director of Policy for Brooklyn Defender Services, urged all non-citizen defendants to avoid Brooklyn’s misdemeanor court via Twitter.

Later, he explained his tweet,

Criminal and family court should be sanctuaries where defendant and victim should be able to come without fear of deportation, and what ICE is doing undermines justice.

Two hours after ICE made their appearance, they left. After the media was informed of their presence, the agents found themselves surrounded by journalists and reporters, making their operation impossible to carry out. We are playing our tiny violins.

Hechinger updated the status of the agents:

This is the not the first time this has happened, and it most certainly won’t be the last. Brooklyn district attorney, Eric Gonzalez, said in August,

The federal authorities claim they are making America safe again, but the truth is that their immigration enforcement policies are making all of us less safe. We encounter more and more victims and eyewitnesses to crime who are fearful of moving forward because of immigration status, and we see arrests by ICE spiking in our courthouses, including Family Court and courts dedicated to helping human trafficking victims and those with mental health issues. ICE should treat courthouses as sensitive locations, like it does schools and houses of worship, to allow everyone free access to our justice system and stop the chilling effect felt by victims and witnesses.

When our everyday justice system is interrupted due to these sorts of operations, we are not making our country safer – we are creating an environment of fear that can only lead to more criminal actions – actions made from the desperation of avoiding deportation from this country and their homes.


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