NYTimes: ICE’s Courthouse Arrests Undercut Democracy

NYTimes: ICE’s Courthouse Arrests Undercut Democracy by César Cuauhtémoc and García Hernández:

At the door of the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse in Denver one Friday in April, federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents tackled a man to the ground. A chilling video shows the man — who, according to his lawyer, was there to deal with a traffic ticket — yelling “No!” “My hand!” and “Why?” in Spanish. Sheriff’s deputies order passers-by to stand back, and the violent arrest continues.

The next month, ICE agents returned and arrested another man. His lawyer can be heard in a video of the incident asking the agents if they had a warrant. One responds, “Yes, sir.” The lawyer asks, “Can I see it?”

The agent’s response: “No, sir.”

“America! What a country.”
–Yakov Smirnoff, a Soviet emigre here in 1977.

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