3.2.18  —  A new report released on March 2, 2018, by the Northeastern University School of Law Immigrant Justice Clinic  documents the harmful effects of arrests of immigrants by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at courthouses in Massachusetts.

The report, researched and written by students in the Immigrant Justice Clinic under the supervision of Professor Rachel Rosenbloom and Professor Hemanth Gundavaram, is based on three sources of data: observation conducted at Chelsea District Court in Chelsea, Massachusetts; information gathered from immigration detainees held at the Suffolk County House of Correction; and examples of courthouse arrests gathered through outreach to Massachusetts criminal defense attorneys.

The report concludes that ICE’s aggressive new tactics are interfering with the functioning of the judicial system in Massachusetts. Northeastern University School of Law student Alyssa Kane, one of the authors of the report, commented: “We encountered numerous cases in which ICE prevented immigrants from attending their hearings by arresting them on their way into the courthouse. ICE’s actions are keeping immigrants from having their day in court and are disrupting the entire judicial process.”

The report further concludes that ICE enforcement has become commonplace at courthouses in Massachusetts. “ICE enforcement at courthouses sweeps very broadly,” commented Northeastern University School of Law student Stefanie Gonzales, another author of the report. “The cases we encountered involve both documented and undocumented immigrants. Many of the cases involve immigrants with U.S. citizen family members and deep ties to their communities.”

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For more information, contact Rachel Rosenbloom: r.rosenbloom@northeastern.edu |  (617) 373-3066

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