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News Posted on August 24, 2017

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye ’84 Reaffirms Opposition to Immigration Enforcement at Courthouses

Chief Justice of California Tani Cantil-Sakauye ’84 continued her outspoken opposition to immigration arrests conducted in and around California courtrooms. She commented on the issue at a panel discussion hosted by California Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson on August 22 that drew coverage from the Sacramento Bee.

Chief Justice Cantil-Sakayaue said she feels a duty to speak out against the practice, which she said makes people less likely to report crimes, come forward as witnesses, or seek help as the victim of a crime.

“This is a national concern...that deserves more attention,” she said. “We’re seeing people not coming to court, not reporting to court, not coming for services (and) not coming to testify...this has an effect not only on the immediate case and the safety of communities, but people who live in the communities.”