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.
“Crimmigration” has become a shorthand term for the increasing overlap of the nation’s criminal justice and immigration control systems in the Trump era. It’s time to reexamine our assumptions about what motivates the current zeal to punish immigrants, writes a criminologist at John Jay College.
The Trump administration arrests 498 people over four days in “Operation Safe City, targeting communities that are resisting the president’s aggressive deportation agenda. Deportations are down during the current fiscal year.
San Francisco DA George Gascón repeatedly clashed with Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio when he headed the Mesa, Ariz., police department. In an exclusive interview co-published by TCR and WitnessLA, he calls on prosecutors and law enforcement officials around the country to “stand together” in defense of the Constitution following Trump’s controversial pardon.
“Courthouses should not be used as bait in the necessary enforcement of our country’s immigration laws,” California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye told Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.
The 15,000 new agents sought by the President would cost $1.38 billion to $1.48 billion annually. “What is the evidence that this is going to make the difference that you want to make? (That is what) is missing right now,” says Ryan Alexander of Taxpayers for Common Sense.