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Immigration Lawyers and Advocates Sue Immigration Court in El Paso

AILA and the American Immigration Council recently filed a lawsuit against the U.S. immigration court in El Paso, claiming that the court at the El Paso Service Processing Center (SPC) has arbitrary and unjust rules that decrease asylum-seekers’ chances of staying in the country.

The complaint draws from interviews of attorneys practicing in the El Paso SPC — many speaking only anonymously for fear of retaliation by the judges — in addition to court observations of hundreds of immigration hearings and an analysis of the judges’ courtroom protocols. The lawsuit details barriers to a fair day in court including:

  • the use of unreasonable and unjust courtroom procedures established by sitting judges, such as an arbitrary page limit on supporting evidence packets;
  • a culture of contempt and hostility toward respondents, including egregious and unprofessional comments from judges;
  • blanket denials of requests by remote attorneys to make telephonic hearing appearances; and
  • the failure to provide any or linguistically correct interpretation at hearings.

the failure to provide any or linguistically correct interpretation at hearings.

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