The Department of Homeland Security yesterday announced new limits on civil immigration enforcement actions in or near courthouses by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.  In a statement, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said, “The expansion of civil immigration arrests at courthouses during the prior administration had a chilling effect on individuals’ willingness to come to court or work cooperatively with law enforcement.”

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, who frequently criticized the prior administration’s policy, is very much in favor of the change.  In a statement today, she said she is “immensely gratified” with the DHS action because it “values the sanctity of our state courthouses” and “respects the dignity of our residents who rely on our state court justice systems.”


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