New York officials’ challenge to the Trump administration’s policy of arresting undocumented immigrants in and around state courthouses will be allowed to proceed toward trial, under a Manhattan federal court ruling issued on Thursday, December 19, 2019.
“Courts cannot be expected to function properly of third parties (not least the executive branch of the government) feel free to disrupt the proceedings and intimidate the parties and witnesses by staging arrests for unrelated civil violations in the courthouse, on court property, or while the witnesses or parties are in transit to or from their court proceedings,” said Jed Rakoff, U.S. District Judge of the Southern District of New York.
The lawsuit was filed in September 2019 that targeted a 2017 executive order from the Trump administration, which gave authority to ICE agents to conduct civil immigration arrests on state courthouse premises. Since the policy went into effect, courthouse arrests jumped by more than 1,700% according to one analysis by an immigrant advocacy and legal services group.
All discovery in the case is set to be completed by the end of February 2020, with briefing to follow. A hearing on summary judgement motions is set for April 14, 2020.
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