She said similar pamphlets were distributed in the 1990s after agents started asking students' immigration status near Bowie High School, which lies within shouting distance of the Mexican border.
"It is our job to protect victims", she said at Thursday's news conference.
County officials were disturbed by her arrest, noting that it might leave other undocumented victims of abuse fearful of coming forward.
"There were six ICE agents on the 10th floor", Bernal said, emphasizing that protective-order courts can not be used as a place to detain immigrants.
We must continue to ask if these immigration reforms will truly make us safer, or only further harm our most vulnerable populations and ignore the real risk.
Bernal said her office is taking steps to relieve those fears in the wake of last week's arrest.
The tip-off to ICE, Bernal claimed Thursday, likely came from De Avila - who is in jail for allegedly forging financial documents.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement SWAT officer. The information stated that the individual was residing at the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence.
Her alleged criminal history includes convictions for false imprisonment in 2013; assault, probation violation, domestic violence in 2011 and false imprisonment-minor-parental in 2010.
Bernal called such an arrest at the courthouse "unprecedented". Six ICE officers were waiting for the woman inside the building, Bernal explained. The news comes amid ramped up deportation efforts across the United States at the behest of President Donald Trump.
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Bernal told KDBC her office plans to reach out to the federal government after an internal investigation is finished. Agents were conducting surveillance at the the county courthouse on February 9 in an effort to catch Gonzalez, the affidavit said. The woman, who wasn't named by the Post, is an undocumented immigrant from Mexico and had been living in a shelter for victims of domestic abuse.
But in a statement, Ice said that the woman was arrested on a felony charge of illegally re-entering the U.S. "after receiving a tip from another law enforcement agency indicating that a previously deported felon had illegally re-entered the United States".
In the a year ago, Ms Gonzalez had made three police reports alleging she had been punched, kicked and chased with a knife.
District Attorney Jaime Esparza says he is concerned the arrest "sent a awful message to victims of domestic violence".
"If we only protected people with flawless records, we'd all be out of a job", she said.
"We are hopeful that this is an isolated incident and that this never happens again".
She is now being held at the El Paso County Jail under a federal ICE detainer.
Abusers often threaten partners with informing immigration enforcement should they seek help.
A controversial case of an undocumented immigrant in Texas shows how domestic abusers could use federal agents as a tool for control.
"The legislation was meant to strengthen the ability of law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute cases of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking of aliens and other crimes, while also protecting victims of crimes who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse due to the crime, and are willing to help law enforcement authorities in the investigation or prosecution of the criminal activity", according to the U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services website. "Immigrants will be afraid to report a crime and this will undermine public safety for everyone".
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