New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has joined with public defenders, prosecutors and immigrant advocacy groups in accusing federal authorities of staking out courthouses in the state to unlawfully target and arrest immigrants suspected of civil violations.

In a complaint filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, the attorneys and advocacy organizations allege the practice is unconstitutional and could have a “chilling” effect on the immigrant community.

The plaintiffs are asking the federal court to freeze U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s so-called courthouse arrest policy.

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