Brooklyn, NY DA Eric Gonzalez, Seattle prosecutor Dan Satterberg and former Nassau County (NY) prosecutor Meg Reiss condemn recent ICE courthouse arrests, charging they “infringe the ability of local officials to protect the rights of victims, witnesses and defendants” and threaten our democracy.
President Trump has asked Congress for 15,000 more Border Patrol agents. As of last year, there were 17,000 agents on the southern border. With illegal border crossings down sharply, critics ask whether more agents are necessary.
The U.S. Justice Department charged Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, who was acquitted last week of most state charges in the murder of Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier. The city’s top prosecutor, George Gascón, lamented that the “case has been used as a political stunt.”
A Washington man who recounted his girlfriend’s arrest in a Seattle Times story about ramped-up immigration enforcement said a federal agent arrested him because of it. He sad the agent told him, “My supervisor asked me to come find you because of what appeared in the newspaper.”
During the year ending September 30, U.S. border agents made 310,531 arrests, a decline of 24 percent from the previous year and the fewest overall since 1971. Arrests of foreigners living illegally in the U.S. surged under Trump.
Only Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor vote to block the third iteration of the president’s travel ban, which limits to varying degrees issuance of visas for travel to the U.S. by citizens of eight countries, six of which are majority Muslim.
After a San Francisco jury acquitted Jose Ines Garcia Zarate of the more serious charges in the death of Kate Steinle, a Justice Department spokeswoman said he still could face a federal charge of felony re-entry into the U.S.
A San Francisco jury cleared Jose Ines Garcia Zarate in the killing of Kate Steinle on a pier in 2015. Garcia Zarate had been deported five times but had been released from jail, prompting criticism of San Francisco’s sanctuary policies. Both President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions condemned the verdict.
A California man won a $20,000 settlement from the federal government for erroneous detention. “They’re relying on these databases that are just completely erroneous,” says an American Civil Liberties Union staffer.
The regional Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Atlanta made nearly 80 percent more arrests in the first half of this year than it did in the same period last year, the largest increase of any field office in the nation. The New York Times reports on how agents have undocumented immigrants living in fear.