U.S. Officials Chastise Judge Who Complained of Agents ‘Stalking’

Article in The New York Times
31 March, 2017

“Top law enforcement officials from the Trump administration chastised California’s chief judge this week, saying that it was “troubling” that she described federal immigration agents as “stalking” local courthouses in order to arrest undocumented immigrants.

The response suggested there would be no quick end to the feud between California and federal officials over how immigration laws are enforced and arrests are made.

Two weeks ago, Tani Cantil-Sakauye, the chief justice of California, wrote a letter to Jeff Sessions, the attorney general, and John F. Kelly, the secretary of Homeland Security, after several judges and lawyers in California and elsewhere began complaining about seeing ICE agents in and around courthouses.

Ms. Cantil-Sakauye, a Republican, wrote that she worried that the practice would erode the public’s trust of the court system and stop crime victims from seeking justice.”

The Chief Justice of California understands the concept of firewall and the importance of implementing one between immigration enforcement and the justice system. The stalking of undocumented migrants by ICE agents in and around courthouses “could erode the public’s trust of the court system and stop crime victims from seeking justice”.

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