On December 15, 2020, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed an executive order to provide added protection for immigrants who must interact with the justice system within the state. The Protect Our Courts Act makes it illegal for law enforcement officials to arrest anyone for a civil violation while that person is en route to court, attending court or leaving the courthouse premises unless the law enforcement official presents a judicial warrant or a court order to the courthouse staff. This will allow immigrants to serve as witnesses and to attend proceedings without worries about detention and deportation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
How the Protect Our Courts Act Will Protect Immigrants
In the past, ICE and other federal immigration agencies have often used courthouses as a convenient way to stop and to detain immigrants who may be appearing as witnesses or as defendants in legal proceedings at these venues. The executive order signed by Governor Cuomo will prevent these officials from arresting or detaining anyone at a New York courthouse without first presenting a judicial warrant or a court order authorizing the arrest. Most legal experts believe that the area of protection afforded by the Protect Our Courts Act will extend not only to the courthouse premises but also to areas within a reasonable distance of the courthouse or within sight of it.
The Right New York Immigration Attorney Makes a Difference
If you or your family members are at risk of detention or deportation by ICE, choosing an experienced and knowledgeable New York immigration attorney can make a real difference in your legal situation. Your lawyer can examine the facts of your case and can provide you with representation and guidance in correcting your immigration status and ensuring the best possible outcomes for you and every member of your family.
If you need the assistance of a qualified and caring New York immigration attorney, Oltarsh & Associates, P.C. can provide you with the right support for your situation. We work with clients throughout New York to provide the right help and support for you and your family. We can help you deal with visa overstays, issues with ICE and citizenship applications to resolve your legal status and to ensure that you can continue to live, work and study in the United States. Give us a call today at 212-944-9420 to schedule your initial consultation with our team. We look forward to the opportunity to serve your legal needs.