ICE ‘swooped down’ on Ithaca attorney, client to make arrest at Tompkins jail

A local attorney and a client handling simple traffic violations at Ithaca City Court were confronted by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency leading to an arrest.

Attorney James Baker said he was with a client, who he declined to name citing attorney-client privilege, on March 21 in front of Judge Richard Wallace. Baker said someone whispered at the judge, who then motioned for Baker and Assistant District Attorney Andrew Kelly to approach the bench.

“He said he’d just been informed that ICE was waiting for my client to leave the courtroom. They intended to take him into custody for some sort of immigration issue,” Baker said.
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