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State wants immigration officials to steer clear of courthouses, unless they have a judge's warrant.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Multnomah County CourthouseU.S. Attorney General William Barr criticized Oregon's new court rules that block federal immigration agents from making arrests at or near courthouses unless officers have a judicial warrant. The Nov. 21 letter was also signed by Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf and warned Washington state's supreme court chief justice about adopting similar rules.

Barr and Wolf said the rules don't apply to federal immigration officers and urged the states to not "adopt or enforce court rules."

Last week, Oregon's Supreme Court Chief Justice Martha Walters announced new rules that block immigration arrests at or near the state's courthouses, unless the officers have signed judicial warrants.

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