Immigration brokers grabbed an undocumented Ivory Coast man Thursday outdoors Bronx Prison Courtroom, sparking an impromptu protest by public defenders.
Aboubacar Dembele, 27, was delivered to the U.S. when he was three years outdated and had no prior legal report, his spouse, Zaquera Lanier stated. He’d utilized for “Dreamer” standing beneath the Deferred Motion for Childhood Arrival program, however was denied final yr.
He had one other DACA utility pending and was searching for a inexperienced card by his spouse, who’s an American citizen.
“He goes to work and comes residence. He’s an excellent particular person making an trustworthy residing. He’s a household man. He’s similar to everyone else,” Lanier stated, steps away from the place her husband had been grabbed by ICE brokers.
“It’s so tousled,” she stated.
Round 75 attorneys from the Authorized Help Society and Bronx Defenders shared her outrage. Their protest introduced many afternoon proceedings on the E. 161st St. courthouse to a halt.
An ICE spokeswoman stated Dembele “entered the USA with out inspection at an unknown date and time,” and that he had an lively “detainer” order filed towards him when he left court docket.
Dembele confronted felony assault expenses after he punched out one other man’s two entrance tooth on a metropolis bus Dec. 15, in line with a legal grievance.
Authorized Help Society spokesman Redmond Haskins stated the case was diminished to a misdemeanor, although the court docket’s on-line docket nonetheless confirmed Dembele charged with felonies as of Thursday evening.
Dembele, who’s in group school and works full-time as a barista, had deliberate to accompany his spouse to an OB-GYN appointment after his court docket look. He and Lanier had been planning to begin a household.
“They focused him arbitrarily, from my perspective. He shouldn’t have been a precedence,” Authorized Help lawyer Casey Dalporto stated.
Sightings of ICE brokers in or close to courthouses round New York State spiked from 11 in 2016 to 139 final yr, in line with a tally by the Immigrant Protection Undertaking.
With Rocco Parascandola, John Annese