California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye has demanded that Immigration and Customs Enforcement stop apprehending illegal immigrants in state courthouses.
According to the Sacramento Bee, Cantil-Sakauye said she was “deeply concerned” about the practice.
“Courthouses should not be used as bait in the necessary enforcement of our country’s immigration laws,” she wrote in a letter sent to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.
“Enforcement policies that include stalking courthouses and arresting undocumented immigrants, the vast majority of whom pose no risk to public safety, are neither safe nor fair. They not only compromise our core value of fairness but they undermine the judiciary’s ability to provide equal access to justice.”
Cathal Coneely, a public information officer from California and a colleague of Cantil-Sakauye, added that “there is concern that [ICE’s behavior] may be chilling in the willingness of Californians to go to court because they’re concerned about what might happen there.”
Unsurprisingly, Cantil-Sakauye’s demand strikes a number of people as odd.
The backlash has pour over onto Twitter.
@CNN How dare they arrest a person for breaking the law at a place where people answer for breaking the law! Really?
— Ian Bardoorian (@IanBardo73) March 17, 2017
@CNN A House of Law/Order and Justice is upset that ICE is exercising, LAW and Order.. The horror.. Haha
— Johnny Wishbone (@Ind3pendant) March 17, 2017
@CNN only in California ..if it wasn’t such a,shame it would be funny..illegal is illegal. The pc term undocumented doesn’t fly. Illegal
— Mary Cole (@maryccole) March 17, 2017
@CNN bait? Aren’t courthouses a place were the law is enforced?
— Yooper (@Yooper___) March 17, 2017
@CNN California judge. Enough said.
— Scotch Brian (@brianhowell1) March 17, 2017