Author: James Queally Court officials have no authority to interfere with ICE investigations and arrests, even when they set foot in county courthouses -- and ICE agents have been arresting illegal immigrants in courthouses in California, Arizona, Texas and Colorado. Activists fear ICE’s presence in courthouses could deter illegal immigrants from appearing in court. San Francisco Dist. Atty. George Gascon called ICE’s forays into courthouses shortsighted because some immigrants will simply avoid court to avoid arrest. According agency spokeswoman Virginia Kice, ICE’s actions in courthouses has been, in part, driven by an increase in the number of local law enforcement agencies refusing to detain illegal immigrants in county jails. Also, there are tactical advantages for agents with courthouse arrests because illegal immigrants must pass through metal detectors before entering courthouses, meaning they are unlikely to be armed. ICE has arrested illegal immigrants in courthouses who had prior convictions for sex crimes, drug trafficking and drunken driving. However, activists are afraid because... Click here for the full story.