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This will be the final article in my series on recent developments in Immigration law. Neither the author nor the editor of the Brighton Buzz take any position or opinion on this issue. As always, our job is to keep you informed.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) very recently made it clear that they will continue to have a presence at local courthouses. Consequently, some have expressed concern that victims of violent crimes or key witnesses that could help the government prosecute violent criminals will not come to court for fear of arrest and deportation.

“Locations treated as sensitive locations under ICE policy would include, but are not be limited to:

  • Schools, such as known and licensed daycares, preschools and other early learning programs; primary schools; secondary schools; post-secondary schools up to and including colleges and universities; as well as scholastic or education-related activities or events, and school bus stops that are marked and/or known to the officer, during periods when school children are present at the stop;
  • Medical treatment and health care facilities, such as hospitals, doctors’ offices, accredited health clinics, and emergent or urgent care facilities;
  • Places of worship, such as churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples;
  • Religious or civil ceremonies or observances, such as funerals and weddings; and
  • During a public demonstration, such as a march, rally, or parade.”

The information in this column is not legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship.

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