I strongly support Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye's move to prevent ICE arrests in and around California's courts. Reports of ICE courthouse arrests undermines public safety for all Californians: ICE's practice deters residents concerned about their immigration status from appearing in court, including as crime victims and witnesses. It also risks confrontations that could jeopardize members of the public at courthouses throughout our state.
No one should fear that their immigration status prevents them from seeking justice, whether as a crime victim or otherwise. ICE's practice is antithetical to a fair system of justice that must protect all of us.