THE COURTS’

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“Court­houses should not be used as bait in the en­force­ment of our coun­try’s im­mi­gra­tion law,” Can­til-Sakauye wrote.

Trump has vowed to in­crease de­por­ta­tions and has widened the net of il­le­gal im­mi­grants pri­ori­tised for de­ten­tion.

“We will re­view the let­ter and have no com­ment at this time,” said Peter Carr, a spokesman for the US De­part­ment of Jus­tice.

Im­mi­grant rights groups said fed­eral agents had en­tered court­houses with in­creased fre­quency this year, in­clud­ing in Cal­i­for­nia, Mas­sachusetts, Mary­land and Texas.

Can­til-Sakauye stopped short of ques­tion­ing the le­gal right of fed­eral agents to en­ter court­houses to lo­cate and de­tain unau­tho­rised im­mi­grants.

Her let­ter said the pres­ence of im­mi­gra­tion agents in Cal­i­for­nia court­houses could un­der­mine “pub­lic trust and con­fi­dence in our state court sys­tem”, which serves “mil­lions of the most vul­ner­a­ble Cal­i­for­ni­ans”. Reuters

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