Under the Trump administration, federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement is arresting people at local courthouses around the United States. See, for example, arrests at a Denver courthouse, despite local leaders’ requests (denverite.com/new-videos-show-ice-arresting-immigrants-denver-county-court-something-local-officials-asked-not-35314).
ICE officers are going into courtrooms to identify particular individuals, waiting for them to leave the courtroom or courthouse and arresting them outside based on identifying them in the courtroom. In Albuquerque in February, ICE arrested a woman in the women’s bathroom at Metro Court. In El Paso, ICE arrested a woman who went to the courthouse to seek a domestic violence restraining order.
Arresting defendants, their family members and friends, victims and witnesses who come to testify or seek domestic violence restraining orders, or persons reporting to probation officers makes our whole community less safe because some members of the community are afraid to cooperate with law enforcement and the court system. This affects U.S. citizens also because someone who has been a witness to a crime or other event is afraid to come to court to testify.
ICE has been seen at schools in Albuquerque and Las Cruces.