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Civil liberties activists want to block ICE from courthouses

August 12, 2019
In The News

Immigrant rights advocates are looking for legal and political help to prevent U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement from detaining people at county courthouses.

ICE has a policy that discourages enforcement actions at sensitive locations such as schools, hospitals and churches. Some in Congress, including U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley and U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon, want to codify the policy into federal law and expand it to apply to courthouses.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon announced Monday that it would take legal action against ICE on behalf of Isidro Andrade-Tafolla, a U.S. citizen who was questioned by ICE outside the Washington County Courthouse in 2017.

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