Keep ICE out of our Courts

One of the most pernicious ways that ICE targets immigrant New Yorkers is by arresting people in and around courthouses. ICE’s brazen tactics mean domestic violence survivors may be afraid to pursue cases against their attackers, people wrongfully accused of crimes may be scared to challenge the allegations against them, and witnesses for the defense and prosecution may be too intimidated to testify.

Our legal system cannot function if people are afraid to use it.

Under President Trump, ICE has begun arresting immigrants at state courthouses at alarmingly high rates, often resorting to violence in the process. We need laws to ensure ICE cannot exploit anyone seeking justice.

Tell lawmakers to pass the Protect Our Courts Act.

Message Recipients:
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Sender's Legislative Representatives

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One of the most pernicious ways that ICE targets immigrant New Yorkers is by arresting people in and around courthouses. Since President Trump took office, ICE has begun arresting immigrants at state courthouses at alarmingly high rates, often resorting to violence in the process.

ICE’s brazen tactics mean domestic violence survivors may be afraid to pursue cases against their attackers, people wrongfully accused of crimes may be scared to challenge the allegations against them, and witnesses for the defense and prosecution may be too intimidated to testify. Our legal system cannot function if people are afraid to use it.

The Protect Our Courts Act (A.2176-A / S.425-A) will keep ICE out of our courthouses and ensure that undocumented people can access our legal system without fearing they’ll be swept up by immigration officers.

The legislation would:

• Make it unlawful to arrest someone who is appearing in court – for matters like like immigration violations, housing matters, child custody, or traffic violations – without a warrant while they are attending, coming to, or leaving a court appearance; and
• Prevent non-New York law enforcement officers like ICE from entering a courthouse to enforce federal immigration law without a warrant.

This bill will protect victims, defendants, witnesses, and anyone participating in a civil case.

I urge you to pass the Protect Our Courts Act (A.2176-A / S.425-A). When all of us can participate in our legal system, it works better for everyone -- law enforcement, judges, and communities alike.

Sincerely,

[First Name] [Last Name]
[Your Address]

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