Gothamist: NY State Court System Rules No ICE Arrests In Courthouses Without A Judicial Warrant by Jake Offenhartz:
ICE agents can no longer arrest immigrants in New York courthouses without a judicial warrant or court order, according to new rules promulgated by the New York State Office of Court Administration.
The guidelines, which went into effect on Wednesday, will prevent federal immigration officials from entering court buildings with only an administrative ICE warrant—or, as defense attorneys say was increasingly common, without any warrants at all. New York is the first state in the country to explicitly curtail the ability of federal agents to arrest individuals in this manner.
The rule change follows a two-year campaign from the Immigrant Defense Project, a coalition of immigrant advocates and public defenders who warned of the chilling impact that the federal agents were having on the justice system. Public defenders staged protests and walk-outs over the issue, as the coalition documented a 1,700 percent increase in arrests and sightings of ICE personnel in and around state courts under President Donald Trump.