Independent topical source of current affairs, opinion and issues, featuring stories making news in Canada from immigrants, newcomers, minorities & ethnic communities' point of view and interests.

Arrests: Courtroom Arrests and Trump

arrests: The challenge, believed to be the first of its kind in the country, comes as advocates, attorneys and judges have complained about courtroom arrests under President Donald Trump, according to Metro News. Courtroom arrests happened under President Barack Obama's administration but attorneys have said the pace appears to have picked up under Trump. The petition filed in the Supreme Judicial Court cites immigrants including a woman who wants to renew a restraining order against her abusive ex-husband who are too afraid to enter state and local courthouses out of fear of deportation. When people fear our judicial system, that undermines the very fabric of our society and weakens communities, said Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, one of the groups that filed the petition on the immigrants' behalf. Sensitive locations where enforcement is generally avoided include schools, hospitals and places of worship.ICE says it is targeting convicted criminals, gang members and public safety threats at courthouses as well as immigrants who have been previously deported or ordered to leave. Despite pressure from advocates to declare courthouses sensitive locations generally free from immigration enforcement, federal officials in January formalized a policy to send agents to federal, state and local courthouses to make arrests. ( As reported in the news.