[Ed. – If you can’t beat ’em, pose as ’em.]
At the Mecklenburg County [N.C.] Courthouse, two men without uniforms grabbed Manuel Marquez, who showed up for court.
Attorney Rex Marvel asked who the men were, and one of them said they were agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
“Seizing people outside of the courtroom causes chaos, and there was chaos this morning on the first floor,” Marvel said.
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Marquez was arrested earlier this month, accused of impersonating an officer and attempting a traffic stop.
Police said he had red and blue lights, an ICE badge and cocaine at the time.
Marvel, who isn’t representing Marquez, said the arrest by ICE agents in the courthouse sends a message to anyone in the Latin American community.
“Individuals who might be victims of cases may also, and are likely, going to be deterred from coming to court,” Marvel said.
Last month, Mecklenburg County Sheriff Gary McFadden eliminated the 287 (g) program, which allowed deputies to look up immigration status and hold individuals without proper documentation in jail.
In the past, U.S. immigration officials told Channel 9 that the courthouse is not off limits and that there would be more public arrests if 287 (g) ended.