U.S.: Bronx public defenders walk off job after 'Dreamer' detained, spark protests
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U.S.: Bronx public defenders walk off job after 'Dreamer' detained, spark protests

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested an immigrant brought to the United States as a child outside the Bronx Criminal Court on Thursday in the latest immigration arrest at a New York City courthouse, public defenders said.

Aboubacar Dembele of the Bronx, 27, had been in court disputing a misdemeanor assault charge before immigration agents apprehended him, said representatives for the Legal Aid Society, which is representing the Dembele. He has no prior criminal record.

The arrest occurred outside the state-run courthouse, as court officers did not see ICE agents enter the building, said Lucian Chalfen, a spokesman for the Office of Court Administration.


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