Huffington Post: How St. Louis’ Only City Synagogue Became A Safe Haven For Protesters

Huffington Post: How St. Louis’ Only City Synagogue Became A Safe Haven For Protesters

A recent piece by Huffington Post details the events of Sept 15, when a peaceful protest became violent and dozens of protesters sought refuge in a nearby synagogue. In the U.S., churches have long served as safe havens. Today, many have declared themselves sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants, which isn’t a declaration protected by law but is generally respected. “As a purely legal matter… the immigration agency can if it wants to, come into a church to arrest someone,” I said on the matter. However, ICE’s policy as stated on its website is not to focus on “sensitive locations” like “places of worship” in order to “enhance the public understanding and trust.” Whether the Trump administration will test the boundaries of this policy or not remains a question at this time.

Read the full story here.

 

ACLU Sues Over U.S. Family’s Border Ordeal

ACLU Sues Over U.S. Family’s Border Ordeal

“It is very difficult to win a case challenging searches at the border. Border Patrol officials have broad authority at ports of entry,” I said in a recent article on time.com. “Courts have often ruled against citizens alleging that their constitutional rights have been violated at the border. Only the most egregious cases are likely to win.”

Man Detained by ICE in Ithaca on Administrative Immigration Violations

Man Detained by ICE in Ithaca on Administrative Immigration Violations

I spoke with Phillip O’Driscoll of Central New York’s Spectrum News about the recent ICE arrest in Ithaca.

Unfortunately, cases like this one are not uncommon, and there are a variety of ways by which ICE can act on its own to arrest someone even if they do live in a sanctuary city.

Watch the interview or read more about this story with Spectrum News, the Cornell Daily Sun, or the Ithaca Voice.