BOSTON – Today, prosecutors, public defenders, and community groups will file a federal lawsuit to address U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) policy and practice of arresting people at courthouses on civil immigration matters. ICE’s policy is undermining the work of the justice system as a whole. Prosecutors are forced to abandon cases because many victims and witnesses are deterred from appearing in court. The policy also makes it more difficult to obtain defendants’ appearance in court. Today, we are filing a lawsuit to stop ICE’s courthouses arrests.
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WHEN: Monday, April 29, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Goodwin Procter, 100 Northern Avenue, Boston
· Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan
· Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins
· Wendy Wayne, Director of the CPCS Immigration Impact Unit – Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS)
· Gladys Vega, Executive Director – Chelsea Collaborative
· Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, Executive Director – Lawyers for Civil Rights