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  1. ICE Arrests at Courthouses are Creating More Fear Under Trump as America Comes Closer to Police State. Are Hospital Arrests Next? Roger Algase

    A news report from April shows that arrests of immigrants without proof of legal status in the US at courthouses throughout the United States are becoming more noticeable and creating more fear under the Trump administration, though this practice was hardly unknown under President Obama.

    Vox reports:

    "Police departments are reporting problems with getting victims and witnesses of crime to come in and testify, and noticing that fewer Latina women are seeking restraining orders from domestic abusers."

    Access to justice without fear of being arrested is one of the most essential features of a free society. The moment that anyone in America is put in fear of arrest, imprisonment or deportation for going to court to protect himself or herself, or to assert one's legal rights, we can no longer call ourselves democratic country, but we have moved one big step closer to a police state.

    Admittedly, I do not know the full extent to which this trend toward authoritarian rule and extinguishing the basic human right of access to justice may have increased under Trump or continued in the past four months since this report appeared.

    However, the latest news reports indicate that ICE arrests are still taking place inside courthouses, if not necessarily inside courtrooms themselves (at least in New York).

    In such a case, there is one further question which immediately comes up:

    Will ICE arrests at hospitals, churches and other places of medical treatment or religious worship be next?
    Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 35 years, Roger has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants from diverse parts of the world obtain work visas and green cards.

    Roger's email address is

    Updated 08-14-2017 at 06:31 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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