Matt Reynolds
Courthouse News
October 28, 2013

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrest people when they go to courthouses to pay traffic tickets, report crimes or get married, the ACLU says in a letter demanding an end to the practice.

In a 6-page letter to the investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, ACLU Southern California staff attorney Michael Kaufman asked ICE to stop the “abusive arrests” at Kern County courthouses, in and around Bakersfield.

The ACLU claims the arrests violate ICE’s alleged policy that agents avoid making arrests in “sensitive locations,” such as schools, hospitals, churches and other places of worship.

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