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Yesterday #ICE physically restrained my client just outside the #EastBoston District Court clerk's office immediately after he made bail. The chief of probation said it was the first time in 40 yrs immigration authorities had actually entered the courthouse.
2/ He is 21 years old. No crim record. 1 month away from a greencard. Facing serious harm if deported.

We had done everything possible to keep him from #ICE, but even the #Boston #TrustAct could not protect him.

This is a problem.

@LydiaMEdwards @marty_walsh @adrianmadaro
3/ Even when they are on a state-issued GPS bracelet, ICE officers will cut the bracelet off and toss it back onto a probation officer's desk. Even so, probation told me that they are officially "neutral" on #ICE actions. I tried to explain that there is no "neutral" here.
4/ He had just been arraigned on a charge that issued against someone with a different name and a DOB 10 years older than his government-issued ID. Judge found probable cause for the charge to go forward based solely on a gang member's word. Immigration bond will be tough.
5/ #ICE purposely arrests defendants after arraignment (NOT conviction) so that they end up detained in #ImmigrationCourt with an open charge. Immigration judge will assume whatever is in the police report is probably true & deny bond no matter how strong defense might have been.
6/ In a rational society, #ICE detainees would be brought back for their state criminal court dates. But not ours. #ICE refuses to honor state court orders to return defendants to court, effectively forcing them to default on cases against their will and leave them unresolved.
7/ And it gets worse. An open criminal charge (no matter how minor, and they're usually minor) will not only have immigration bond denied but essentially guarantee future denial of an immigrant visa after you've been deported. #ICE knows this.
8/ To review: Sympathetic young man w/in 1 month of lawful residency working two jobs w/a baby on the way in August is brought into criminal court on a spurious allegation uncorroborated by anyone but a known gang member, and may now lose his entire future in the U.S.

9/ All because #ICE was allowed to enter a #Boston courthouse and arrest him immediately after he posted bail.

Do we really want word getting around that #Boston courthouses are not safe for immigrants? Is that really what #ICE is trying to do here?

10/ #Boston city council passed the #TrustAct unanimously. Good.

Our SJC made us the first "sanctuary state" in the country to gain that status by a judicial order. Better.

Our legislature refuses to pass #SafeCommunitiesAct. Bad.

#mapoli #bospoli
11/ After MA Supreme Judicial Court ruled that state couldn't honor #ICE detainers, #ICE stareted conducting mass courthouse arrests in retaliation for the SJC having the temerity to notice that detainers are not warrants. @LawyersCom_MA has been tracking the results

12/ Anyone who claims to care about federalism, due process, small government, "states rights," #BlueLivesMatter, or any other previously-conservative pro-law enforcement / anti-big-government position that I can remember from before Trump should be outraged about this.
13/ And, of course, anyone who cares about immigrant justice, standing up to #ICE, stopping deportations, #BlackLivesMatter, or even really just basic human rights should be in the streets about this. See you there.

#KeepFamiliesTogether #StopSeparatingFamilies #AbolishICE
*CORRECTION: made an *arrest* in the courthouse. Important distinction, and much worse.
1 thing I keep thinking about:

As they left, I looked the #ICE officer in the eye. I was angry. Had to say something.

"You don't have to do this. This could be the end of his life."

"I'm just doing my job, counselor."

Maybe this doesn't need to be a job at all.

#Boston, #ICE is about to triple its ground force. They already have a foot in our door.

What are *you* going to do about it?

Silence is complicity.
"Neutrality" is complicity.
Speech w/o action is complicity.
Complicity is complicity.

#SafeCommunitiesAct. Now.

...and in better news, I just found out that I stopped a deportation today. So there's that. Have a great weekend, my #dirtyimmigrationlawyers & anyone else out there in or supporting the fight right now.
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