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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Wednesday it has issued a formal policy on making arrests in federal, state and local courthouses, saying it will target convicted criminals and persons considered threats to public safety, but leaving a window open for arrests under “special circumstances.”

The written policy was dated Jan. 10, 2018, nearly one year since President Donald Trump’s inauguration. In that time ICE has stepped up enforcement, chalking up more than 111,000 arrests between Jan. 20, 2017, when Trump took the oath of office, and Sept. 30, a 42 percent increase over the same time period in 2016.

In New York, there were more than 130 arrests by ICE agents at courthouses across the state in 2017, according to the Immigrant Defense Project, of which roughly three-quarters occurred at courthouses in New York City. The previous year, ICE made 11 arrests at courthouses.

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Andrew Denney

Andrew Denney is a New York-based reporter covering litigation and other news from the federal and state courts. He can be reached at [email protected] Twitter: @messagetime

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