ICE has a chilling effect on courts.
State Supreme Court Justices are not having it.
Here’s our post on the similar letter sent by the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court.
Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Balmer said Thursday that actions by federal immigration officers have been a “strong deterrent” for some individuals trying to access the criminal justice system.
In a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, Balmer said the presence of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents at Oregon courts is having a “chilling effect.” The letter was made public Friday.
“ICE’s detention or arrest of undocumented residents in and near Oregon’s courthouses … deters individuals, some undocumented and some not, from coming to court when they should,” Balmer said.