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April 2018 , Page 14 

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NACDL News: NACDL Adopts Resolution Concerning ICE in the Courthouse

By Ivan J. Dominguez, Alexandra Funk, and Ian Nawalinski

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At its Spring Meeting and Seminar, on April 21, 2018, NACDL’s Board of Directors adopted the resolution: Concerning ICE in the Courthouse. On Jan. 10, 2018, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued Directive Number 11072.1, which directs ICE officers and agents to conduct civil immigration enforcement actions inside courthouses. There have been documented cases of ICE arrests in, immediately outside, and en route to courthouses resulting in detention that have caused residents to miss parole obligations, drug treatment services, mental health evaluations, court hearings, and other critical services and obligations. There has also been heightened and widespread fear from resident clients that accessing the court system will lead to arrest, deportation, and/or other negative immigration consequences.

In carrying out Directive 11072.1, the presence of ICE agents is facilitating negative effects on due process and legal access. As explained in the resolution, NACDL joins bar as

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