Oregon court rule draws the attention of the Trump administration

U.S. Attorney General William Barr (Wikimedia Commons photo)

Oregon’s new court rule intended to curb immigration arrests in state courthouses has drawn the attention of two of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet officials and set up a potential legal conflict.

As part of the Trump administration’s hardline immigration approach, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have targeted state courthouses to make arrests individuals suspected to be in the country illegally. Immigrant and civil rights advocates and attorneys have complained that the arrests have been disruptive and discouraged immigrants from serving as witnesses, paying fines or participating in other court functions.

Sharing their concerns, Oregon Supreme Court Justice Martha Walters enacted a rule earlier this month that prohibits ICE and other agencies from making arrests in courthouses without a warrant approved by a judge . . .