Local Journalist Kicked Out of Federal Immigration Court for Being Present

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Here’s a telling story reported by a local journalist who was kicked out of immigration court last week at the request of ICE’s attorney. ┬áThese hearing are supposed to be open to the public. ┬áThe attorney’s proffered reason was to protect the privacy of the individual who was being deported, and who did not have an attorney.

The reporter states:”I’ve covered many different state and federal courts as a reporter. I’ve followed cases involving closed hearings, sealed documents, and complex privacy issues. But I have never before had a prosecuting attorney demand that I identify myself in a court hearing that was open to the public. And I’ve never seen a prosecutor offer legal advice about privacy to the person he’s prosecuting in an attempt to expel a suspected reporter from the courtroom.

But to be honest, I’ve never seen anything like San Francisco’s immigration courts.”

You can read the article in full here: http://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/archives/2017/02/17/i-was-kicked-out-of-federal-immigration-court-because-im-a-journalist