ICE Agents Now Arresting Illegal Aliens at Courthouses
(CBS Los Angeles) PASADENA — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have been going to courthouses and arresting people in America illegally, sparking outrage from prosecutors and attorneys.
They worry such tactic will discourage undocumented immigrants from appearing in court to testify as witnesses for prosecutors.
Criminal defense lawyer Octavio Chaidez said his client is among those taken into custody by ICE agents, who arrested him at the Los Angeles Superior Court in Pasadena.
He said he had just finished a criminal court appearance with his client when four agents swooped in, confirmed his name and took his client away.
“It was very shocking because it occurred inside of a courthouse, and the reason for the detention had nothing to do with that proceeding,” recalled Chaidez, who would not say if his client has a criminal history.
Chaidez said he is among many attorneys and prosecutors who worry ICE arrests at courthouses will create enough fear of deportation among witnesses or victims of crimes to affect the outcomes of cases…