NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The de Blasio administration has called on Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, to rescind a new policy that allows for enforcement actions against immigrants inside courthouses.
As WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported, it has become a common practice for immigration authorities to come to courthouses.READ MORE: 'Terrain's Very Difficult': Search Resumes For Brian Laundrie While Authorities Perform Autopsy On Body Believed To Be Gabby Petito
Over the past year, the number of arrests and attempted arrests by ICE agents at courtrooms in New York increased 900 percent. Public Advocate Letitia James said that includes arrests inside as well as outside courthouses.READ MORE: Google To Buy St. John's Terminal In Lower Manhattan For $2.1 Billion
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said such actions in no way make the public more safe.
“That means critical witnesses and victims in cases don’t proceed with important prosecutions, and New Yorkers are less safe because of it,” Vance said.MORE NEWS: New Video Shows Brawl Outside Carmine's: Restaurant Says It Was Over Proof Of Vaccination, Defense Attorney Claims Hostess Used Racial Slur
Some also question whether the practice is constitutional.