Civil rights groups seek to bar ICE from courthouse arrests

Officers with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement have been detaining people who appear for court proceedings and are in the United States illegally.

Posted: Oct 19, 2019 2:13 AM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Attorneys for groups working on behalf of immigrants are asking Oregon's judicial branch to prohibit civil immigration arrests in and around Oregon courthouses without a judicial warrant.

Officers with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement have been detaining people who appear for court proceedings and are in the United States illegally.

The ACLU of Oregon, Innovation Law Lab, and the Portland law firm Stoll Berne planned to ask Oregon's Uniform Trial Court Rules Committee on Friday to adopt a rule prohibiting such without a judicial warrant.

ICE spokeswoman Tanya Roman said the idea that state law can bind the hands of a federal law enforcement agency is wrong. She said federal law provides ICE officers the authority to arrest people who are in the country illegally without a judicial warrant.

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