SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) — City Attorney Mara Elliott and San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis joined 11 other California prosecutors Tuesday in urging the U.S. Attorney General to exclude California courthouses from immigration arrests.
The letter urges U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Sessions and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly to include courthouses among the sites where immigration enforcement actions are discouraged.
It supports the position of California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye who asked federal immigration agents last month to stop making arrests at courthouses, saying "stalking undocumented immigrants" at the facilities thwarts people's access to justice.
The letter - signed by six city attorneys and six district attorneys - states in part:
ICE courthouse arrests make all Californians less safe. These practices deter residents concerned about their immigration status from appearing in court - including as crime victims and witnesses - jeopardizing effective prosecution of criminals who may then re-offend. Courthouse enforcement by ICE also risks confrontations that could endanger members of the public at courthouses throughout our state.
"Courthouse arrests will deny justice to the most vulnerable members of our society - victims of domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse and sexual assault," Elliott said. "We are less safe when victims and witnesses are discouraged from helping our police and prosecutors put criminals behind bars."
See a full copy of the letter below.
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Starting Thursday, Uber users in San Diego will be charged a fee if they keep their driver waiting more than two minutes.
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The San Diego Zoo said Thursday that its collection of African penguins has begun moving to the Africa Rocks exhibit, which is scheduled to open to the public in phases beginning next week.
A Chula Vista man faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $10 million fine following his guilty plea Thursday to trying to smuggle cocaine and methamphetamine while employed as a U.S. Border Patrol agent.
Residents are concerned at a local dog park after at least one dog got sick and died after spending time there.
The San Diego Follies is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a show called the "Best of the Best."
A Lincoln Park resident was wounded outside his home Thursday in a shooting carried out by an unidentified assailant, San Diego police reported.
The "Black Knights'' of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 4 and the "Blue Hawks'' of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 78 returned home to Naval Air Station North Island Thursday following a six-month deployment.