[Ed. – Liberals will object to this because of the optics — the woman claimed to be humiliated by being handcuffed — but as an ICE spokesman said, ‘This person was not a victim or a witness. That day, she was showing up in the courthouse as a criminal defendant in a criminal case.’ If would-be immigrants stop violating our sovereignty, they won’t have to worry about being humiliated on U.S. soil.]
A Charlotte woman and her 16-year-old son, who are both involved in a domestic-violence dispute, were arrested in the Mecklenburg courthouse by federal immigration agents after they turned up for a hearing, their attorneys said.
The July 9 arrests by U..S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement, or ICE, took place outside a fourth-floor courtroom set aside that day for domestic violence cases. The incident is expected to intensify a debate over where ICE enforcement occurs and who the agency targets.
About 30 supporters of the woman and her son gathered in Marshall Park on Friday to protest their treatment.
“I’ve never seen anything like it before,” Mecklenburg Assistant Public Defender Herman Little, who witnessed the arrests, told the Observer. “How in the world is anybody going to get justice if both the victims and the defendants are not going to come to court because they’re all afraid of being deported? This is crazy.”