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Advocates ask courts to limit ICE activity in NM courthouses

Danielle Todesco
February 22, 2017 10:21 PM

Immigrant advocates say victims and witnesses of crimes who are also in the United States illegally are so afraid of being deported, they won't even show up to New Mexico courthouses.

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Earlier this month in El Paso, a woman was arrested in the courthouse right after getting a protection order against a man accused of abusing her. Media outlets reported that the woman had previously been deported and has a criminal record.

Antoinette Sedillo Lopez with Enlace Comunitario in Albuquerque just a letter to the New Mexico Supreme Court asking the judges to protect victims of violence and protect the justice system by prohibiting ICE agents from serving warrants inside courthouses.

"The courts have inherent authority to protect the administration of justice within in the courts," Sedillo Lopez said.

The state Supreme Court said Wednesday it has initiated a legal inquiry to figure out what is happening in our courts and how it can be addressed legally and responsibly.

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