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US immigration law being enforced in courts, and just outside

Authorities are looking for migrants wherever people are to be found. Under the new presidential administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement is enforcing US immigration law more than ever. In New York, ICE agents are even making arrests in courthouses, grabbing folks on their way in or out of the courts. 

Across New York, it is reported that ICE courthouse arrests are up 900 percent in 2017. Agents are making appearances in courthouses and arresting people who simply report for minor infractions such as traffic violations. Typically, in the past, these agents have only sought out people convicted of more serious crimes. 

Agents have even been seen making arrests in family law courts and, in one notable case, in Queens Human Trafficking Court. One group performed a study that found that 20 percent of those individuals arrested had no prior criminal convictions. Advocates argue that immigrants should not have to fear for their freedom while attempting to seek justice in criminal and civil courts. 

US immigration law is currently in a state of flux, and the changes are often leading to stricter applications of the rules. Persons who may be at risk of deportation are being actively sought by ICE officials in neighborhoods and public spaces. People who are in the middle of finalizing their legal immigration status may potentially find themselves in the middle of a legal problem with the enforcement agencies. In New York, folks who require more assistance with the immigration process may wish to contact an immigration law attorney for more help.

Source: NY Daily News, "ICE courthouse arrests of immigrants up 900% across N.Y. in 2017", Stephen Rex Brown, Nov. 15, 2017

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