“The Protect Our Courts Act (POCA), introduced in the state legislature, would require that ICE officers obtain a warrant from a federal judge before attempting to arrest an undocumented immigrant either inside or on the way to a state courthouse.
The Poughkeepsie Common Council is on record supporting it.
Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson Executive Director Jonathan Bix told the council Monday night there is good reason for immigrants in particular to fear courts.
“Peoples’ fear of showing up to court is something that hurts the courts themselves, which is why many prosecutors have come out in support of this act,” Bix said. “It hurts all of us and is something we’ll all benefit from.””
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