New York Bans ICE from Making Arrests in Court

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents can no longer make arrests inside of courthouses without judicial warrants or orders, the New York State Office of Court Administration (OCA) announced on Wednesday.

New York is the first state to implement this new rule, The Times Union reported. The OCA, which acts as the administrative arm of the state’s court system, had previously allowed ICE agents to administer warrants inside of the courthouses, the Associated Press reported. The rule was signed off by Chief of Public Safety Michael Magliano, according to the AP.

The new rule was praised by immigration advocates, who said arrests of immigrants appearing in court for unrelated matters have increased under the Trump administration, according to the outlet. Immigrant Defense Project Acting Executive Director Mizue Aizeki told Gothamist that the rule is a big step for New York State.

“Today OCA has taken a significant step…

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