A new Democrat-sponsored bill would ban federal immigration officials from arresting illegal immigrants at designated areas like courthouses.
The Protecting Sensitive Locations Act by Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Rep. José Serrano (D-NY), and Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) would essentially make it impossible for Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to arrest illegal immigrants at courthouses, as well as medical, educational, and religious facilities.
The legislation goes into a vague explanation of general areas where ICE agents would be banned, citing “other public spaces where the threat of immigration enforcement may deter individuals from seeking services or participating in their community.”
Exemptions are included in the legislation, allowing for ICE to ignore the proposed law if the illegal immigrant is an “imminent risk of death, violence or physical harm to any person” and if the individual is a felon or terror suspect. The exemption would also apply for illegal immigrants who are suspected of trying to destroy evidence in a criminal investigation.