U.S. immigration agents continue to arrest immigrants in New Jersey courthouses despite a high-ranking judge’s request that they stop.
New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner asked the Homeland Security Department last month to add courthouses to a list of “sensitive locations” immigration enforcement agents avoid. Otherwise, Rabner said, immigrants due in court but afraid of deportation won’t show up, posing a safety risk to everyone.
Middlesex County Sheriff Mildred Scott tells WNYC radio Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested an immigrant in a courthouse last week. The person was in the U.S. without legal documentation.
Rabner declined to comment on federal officials ignoring his request.
Republished with permission of The Associated Press.