Stop Immigration Arrests at Courthouses

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Courthouses are places where people go to seek justice, pay fines, and participate in civil society. Yet over the past two years, there have been more than 200 documented civil arrests at courthouses in over 18 counties across the state. People are forced to risk arrest and deportation when coming to court, simply because of where they were born. Demand protection for our courthouses. Urge your legislator to support HB 2567. This bill builds community trust in our judicial system, prohibits civil arrests from disrupting local court functioning, and preserves access to our courts for everyone.

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Your State Lower Chamber Representatives

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Support HB 2567: Courts Open to All
Dear Legislator:

I write to urge you to support HB 2567. This bill is essential to protect access to justice in our state.

Courthouses are places where people go to seek justice, pay fines, and participate in civil society. As the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized, “the unhindered and untrammeled functioning of our courts is part of the very foundation of our constitutional democracy,” and states may therefore adopt measures necessary and appropriate to safeguard the administration of justice by their courts. Cox v. Louisiana, 379 U.S. 559, 562 (1965).

Yet, in both rural and urban areas across Washington, courthouses have become front lines in civil enforcement. Over the past two years, there have been more than 200 documented civil arrests at courthouses in over 18 counties across the state. These civil arrests, particularly immigration arrests, in and around courthouses disrupt court proceedings, create an environment of fear, and deter noncitizens from coming to court. People are forced to risk arrest and deportation when coming to court, simply because of where they were born.

Please support HB 2567. This bill builds community trust in our judicial system, prohibits civil arrests from disrupting local court functioning, and preserves access to our courts for everyone.

This bill is necessary to address access to justice so that everyone gets their day in court.

I urge you to support HB 2567.

Sincerely,

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

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