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Unionized Judges and Public Defenders Demand Due Process for Immigrants

Why have New York City public defenders been walking out of the courts in the middle of the day to hold spirited demonstrations in support of their clients? The outcry began last November when Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were reported to lurk in the vicinity of the courts, targeting people as they entered or exited court proceedings. Legal Aid client Genaro Rojas Hernandez was meeting with his lawyer in Brooklyn when ICE agents grabbed him. The arrest sparked an impromptu walkout by dozens of Legal Aid Society’s public defenders, members of Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2325, to demand that the state agency that runs the courts must stop cooperating with ICE. Legal and immigrant rights advocates have continued the fight ever since. Two hundred lawyers and allies rallied in March, insisting that ICE presence in public courts can intimidate and prevent New Yorkers from showing up to proceedings and thus interfere with equal access to adequate representation. Sanctuary? The protesters also shed a spotlight on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration, questioning whether New York was really a “sanctuary city.” A sanctuary city sounds like it would mean refusing to let ICE detain undocumented immigrants. But in many cities, it…

Source: Truth Out | Unionized Judges and Public Defenders Demand Due Process for Immigrants

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