One minute Vancouver attorney Darquise Cloutier was exchanging pleasantries with her former client outside the Clark County Courthouse, and the next, she watched as he was handcuffed and whisked away to a van by plainclothes U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
“It just shocked me so much. I was just prying for information, and they were just not nice,” she said of the agents, who refused to disclose their names.
The incident, which occurred in April, unfolded outside the west entrance of the courthouse.
Cloutier’s experience is one example of an uptick in immigration enforcement around courthouses, nationwide. The courthouse arrests — under the direction of the Trump administration to crack down on illegal immigration — have elicited harsh criticism from attorneys and judges who argue that the practice interferes with the criminal justice system.
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