California judge seeks to prevent immigration arrests inside state courts

March 17, 2017 02:43
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The chief justice of California's Supreme Court on Thursday asked the administration of US President Donald Trump to prevent immigration agents from arresting undocumented immigrants inside the state's courthouses.

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said she was gravely troubled by recent reports that federal agents were "stalking undocumented immigrants in our courthouses to make arrests," in a letter addressed to US Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly.

"Courthouses should not be used as bait in the necessary enforcement of our country's immigration law," Cantil-Sakauye wrote.

Trump has vowed to increase deportations and has widened the net of illegal immigrants prioritized for detention and removal.

"We will review the letter and have no further comment at this time," Peter Carr, a spokesman for the US Department of Justice, said in an email.

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