Some U.S. Immigration Courts Are Backlogged For Years

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In a small, windowless Virginia courtroom, federal immigration judge Rodger Harris heard a string of bond requests this week from immigrants held in jail as they faced deportation. The detainees appeared by video. Harris used a remote control to move the camera around in his courtroom so the detainees could see their lawyers appearing in-person before the judge. The lawyers spoke about their clients’ family ties, job history, and forthcoming asylum petitions, and downplayed any previous criminal record. Harris . . .

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