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Activists hold NYC rally over banning ICE agents from N.Y. courts

Angry attorneys and community activists hit the streets in Brooklyn Thursday to protest the presence of immigration officers in state courts.

On the steps of Borough Hall, demonstrators called on the Office of Court Administration and Chief Judge Janet DiFiore to ban Immigration & Customs Enforcement agents from state courthouses.

“The issue of immigration affects us all,” said Jane-Roberte Sampeur, a Legal Aid lawyer.

“We want to make clear that we will not normalize this behavior and will stand together to protect our immigrant communities,” Sampeur said.

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito waits to speak during a rally outside Brooklyn Borough Hall Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York.

(Barry Williams/for New York Daily News)

Last week, dozens of lawyers protested outside Brooklyn Supreme Court after a domestic violence suspect was detained by ICE agents while awaiting a hearing.

Court spokesman Lucian Chalfen said in a statement that the courts “do not coordinate with, facilitate or impede actions by outside law enforcement, including ICE agents.”

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