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Calif. Judge: Enforcing Immigration Law at Court Is Having ‘Negative Effect'


California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye says federal immigration officers detaining illegal immigrants at courthouses across the country is having a “negative effect.”

“They’re hearing that courts are places where people are being arrested,” Cantil-Sakauye said during an event hosted by the National Association of Women Judges Tuesday in California.

“It seems to me that it has a negative effect, not only on the generation that’s old enough to appreciate it, the things you grow up hearing when you’re a child, the things I heard growing up when I was a child, that motivated me to make certain choices in my life as an adult. “

“We are changing the way people think and feel about the law, and about justice, and about protection by this policy enforcement, of immigration enforcement in the courts,” Cantil-Sakauye said.

So basically, enforcing the law at courthouses can have a "negative effect."

According to the LA Times, the association's event occurred as lawyers are ramping up their lobbying efforts in support of bills that would increase legal counsel and protections for immigrants.

“One of those bills, sent to Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday, would prohibit law enforcement officers from detaining crime victims or witnesses on immigration violations. The most far-reaching proposal still pending would prevent police and sheriffs from detaining, questioning or arresting immigrants without serious or violent offenses in their criminal histories.”

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