Freezing Out Justice

How immigration arrests at courthouses are undermining the justice system

Document Date: May 3, 2018

Since President Trump took office, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have dramatically expanded their presence at courthouses across the country. The report presents new data from a national survey of law enforcement officers, judges, prosecutors and others, conducted jointly by the ACLU and the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project, which documents how reports of courthouse arrests across the county and heightened immigration enforcement generally are stopping immigrants from seeking justice. It provides recommendations on how to minimize courthouse arrests by federal immigration enforcement officers and how to protect the fundamental due process rights of immigrants as they access important services at courthouses.

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