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News Posted on March 24, 2017

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye ’84 Expresses Concerns over Immigration Enforcement in California Courts

Chief Justice of California Tani Cantil-Sakauye ’84 publicly expressed concerns over reports that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are seeking out undocumented immigrants for deportation at California courthouses and courtrooms. Her actions drew coverage from media including the Sacramento Bee.

In a letter sent to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, Justice Cantil-Sakauye said that “Courthouses should not be used as bait in the necessary enforcement of our country’s immigration laws.”

“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. I respectfully request that you refrain from this sort of enforcement in California's courthouses,” Cantil-Sakauye wrote.