Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Emergency Rally, Brooklyn, 12/7/17: #ICEOut of the Courts Now!

Update, 12/16/17: There will be another protest for immigrant rights in the evening. RALLY Against Muslim Ban + Tax Scam and Fight for DREAM Act @ Washington Square Park, Dec 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm,

Thursday, December 7, 2017
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201

On Tuesday, dozens of public defenders walked out of Brooklyn Criminal Court after a Legal Aid client was detained by Immigration & Customs Enforcement in Brooklyn Criminal Court in collaboration with Court Officers and the Court Administration. They marched to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office, demanding that the Office of Court Administration and Chief Judge Janet DiFiore implement a policy to would prevent New York Court staff from collaborating with ICE officers or entering Court property.

Please join us on Thursday, December 7th, at 1pm at Brooklyn Borough Hall for a mass rally with our union, other attorneys, and community and immigrant organizations to demand that the Office of Court Administration and Chief Judge Janet DiFiore implement a policy to bar ICE agents from entering NY Court property.

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Legal Aid Lawyers Stage Walkout After Yet Another ICE Court Arrest
Court officers threaten to arrest any attorneys who don’t comply with deportation actions

By Noah Hurowitz and Felipe De La Hoz, Village Voice
November 28, 2017
Photo: Association of Legal Aid Attorneys
Chaos erupted at Brooklyn Criminal Court Tuesday morning after agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement snatched a defendant in the hallway, prompting a walkout by public defenders and accusations from court officers that Legal Aid attorneys had physically attacked them.

Genaro Rojas Hernandez, thirty, was in court to face charges of violating a restraining order. Just after 11 a.m., after a judge asked him and his court-appointed attorney to step into the hallway with a Spanish interpreter, Hernandez was arrested by ICE agents, according to his lawyer, Rebecca Kavanagh. After the arrest, attorneys with the Legal Aid Society stormed out of the courthouse on Schermerhorn Street and held a noisy picket line outside the building, calling on immigration officials to stay out of the courthouse.[…]

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Why Is ICE Arresting Immigrants in New York City’s Courts?
Despite New York’s being a sanctuary city, ICE is prowling the courtrooms.

By Michelle Chen, The Nation
December 5, 2017
Last week, a Brooklyn court building became the latest flashpoint in Trump’s border war: Genaro Rojas-Hernandez, an undocumented immigrant, was at a criminal court for an unrelated assault charge, when he was arrested by ICE agents. The clash between federal immigration agents and a local criminal-justice process spoke to a new constitutional crisis unfolding in the city’s criminal-justice system.[…]

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