The administration of justice depends on all people having free and full access to the courts, and the promise of equal justice cannot be delivered if a segment of the community is afraid to access the courts. For these reasons we strongly supported a bill which would have prohibited, absent a judicially authorized civil or criminal arrest warrant, the civil arrest of any person who is attending court either on behalf of themselves or a family or household member. It is designed to prevent further incidents that were prevalent during the Trump Administration, when immigration agents arrested people going to and from court. The bill died in committee.
Barring Civil Arrests in Court (H 6199)
Representative Jose Batista
Died in Committee