Immigration groups have filed suit against the Trump administration over the administration’s decision to not close immigration courts during the pandemic response.
According to The Hill:
Immigration groups are suing the Trump administration over its refusal to close immigration courts during the coronavirus public health crisis.
In a lawsuit filed on Monday, the groups said that the Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review’s (EOIR) failure to suspend immigration hearings amid the pandemic puts migrants, their attorneys and government personnel at risk.
“EOIR is effectively forcing attorneys to choose between adequately representing their clients and jeopardizing their health; EOIR is also forcing detained immigrants to choose between their health and safety and their statutory, regulatory, and due process rights,” the groups said.
They urged the U.S. District Court in D.C. to step in and block the agency from holding in-person hearings for the duration of the public health crisis. On Tuesday, the case was assigned to Judge Carl J. Nichols, who was appointed to the court by President Trump.
The report pointed out that while most courts have suspended in-person hearings the immigration courts have only done so for those not currently in detention while requiring immigration lawyers to supply their own personal protective equipment.