Posted on March 9, 2020

Philadelphia Bar Association Tells Lawyers, Judges to Resist ICE Arrests

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, March 9, 2020


Bar Chancellor A. Michael Snyder, a retired judge, asserted that the arrests violate illegal immigrants’ due process rights and go against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s own internal rules.

He said they were “aided and abetted” by courthouse staff who stood by and didn’t intervene.

“Such actions are hauntingly reminiscent of those of a police state, calling to mind the actions of a secret or state police,” Mr. Snyder said. “We call upon law enforcement agencies, local governments, and court administration to prevent the access of ICE agents into courthouses, and to act to protect the rights of individuals lawfully within those facilities from harassment or arrest by ICE agents, whether uniformed or not.”