New York City public defenders protested Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers Thursday for arresting their clients at courthouses.
Several hundred public defenders lined up outside a courthouse in the Bronx after ICE agents arrested Dembele Lanier, an illegal immigrant who was leaving the courthouse after seeing a judge for an assault charge. His wife said the ICE agents were waiting for Lanier outside of the courthouse, WNYC News reported.
After Lanier’s arrest, Bronx public defenders and attorneys for The Legal Aid Society gathered in front of the courthouse with posters that read “immigrants are welcome here.”
After another client was arrested by #ICE outside of Bronx Criminal Court, our attorneys and @BronxDefenders walked out in protest. “Say it loud, say it clear, immigrants are welcome here.” #ICEOUT #HereToStay pic.twitter.com/BAxEKzDziK
— The Legal Aid Society (@LegalAidNYC) February 8, 2018
#BREAKING: After ICE arrested a @LegalAidNYC client outside the Bx Hall of Justice, our attorneys have walked out & are protesting NOW. Our courthouses are for ppl to seek due process & justice, they are NOT an immigration enforcement zone #ICEOut #ICEFreeJustice #ICEOutOfCourts pic.twitter.com/jNPJMb8RgL
— The Bronx Defenders (@BronxDefenders) February 8, 2018
The Bronx public defenders said ICE was “not an immigration enforcement zone.”
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