Around 40,000 “asylum seekers” are waiting on the Mexico side of the border while their cases are processed. Instead of busing them back and forth to hearings, the Trump administration is bringing the courtroom to them. Judges on the U.S. side conduct hearings entirely over videoconference equipment.
The Laredo facilities are expected to process around 300 cases a day once they get going, Customs and Border Protection spokesman Alberto Flores explains.
Immigrants are to show up on the Mexico side of the border at Nuevo Laredo at least four hours before their scheduled hearing. The media was given a tour of the 30,000 foot facility which features 14 separate rooms for attorney-client meetings.
Four courtrooms will handle the initial scheduling hearings with room for 50 migrants at a time on benches. A folding table in front of the video camera allows the migrants to talk directly to the judge as necessary.
Full hearings on the merits of asylum claims typically run for hours. They will have 18 rooms of their own, each in a shipping container equipped with two chairs, a table, and a screen for the judge. There is even a children’s waiting area “with brightly colored, kid-sized chairs and baby-changing tables near an area with portable toilets.”
Liberals can’t stand to see things working so well and orderly, so they have to manufacture a crisis. “Outside observers are barred from the tents,” the Associated Press writes. The Baltimore Sun makes it sound really terrible. Ambulance chasing attorneys won’t be allowed to exploit asylum seekers. “Attorneys aren’t jumping to go in and solicit paying clients in these courts,” Ashley Huebner, an attorney at the National Immigrant Justice Center wants you to believe.
“They want to ensure that people’s due process rights are being protected, and there’s no opportunity to do that.” That is a blatant lie. Any lawyer with a client on record can walk right in and use the provided facilities.
Muckraking lawyers hired by non-profits to dig up dirt and scandals aren’t welcome. They can, however, watch the proceedings to make sure everything is fair from the U.S. side of the courtroom. They can monitor the Judge’s side of the video conference any time they want.
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