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Judge blocks ICE from civil arrests at NY courthouses

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

A judge ruled federal immigration authorities cannot make civil arrests at New York state courthouses or arrest anyone going there for a proceeding.

The ruling Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff came after New York State and Brooklyn's district attorney sued.

Rakoff struck down a federal policy that plaintiffs said resulted when the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency decided to greatly increase civil immigration arrests in and around New York State courthouses. Rakoff said the policy was illegal and was made in an arbitrary and capricious manner.

A spokesperson for federal lawyers who represented the government declined comment.


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