California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye told federal immigration officials to stop “stalking undocumented immigrants” at California courthouses, the Sacramento Bee reports. Cantil-Sakauye said she was “deeply concerned” that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are seeking out undocumented immigrants for deportation at courthouses and courtrooms from San Francisco to Los Angeles. “Courthouses should not be used as bait in the necessary enforcement of our country’s immigration laws,” she told U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. “Enforcement policies that include stalking courthouses and arresting undocumented immigrants, the vast majority of whom pose no risk to public safety, are neither safe nor fair … I respectfully request that you refrain from this sort of enforcement in California’s courthouses.”
The statement comes as Cantil-Sakauye is organizing a court “working group” to provide information and legal resources to immigrants. She initiated it on Feb. 1 in response to media reports and direct reports from judges and lawyers that undocumented people are increasingly being targeted by immigration officials.