IN THE NEWS: VIDEOCONFERENCING IN IMMIGRATION COURT: HIGH-TECH SOLUTION OR RIGHTS VIOLATION?
By Christina Goldbaum for the New York Times
Photo: Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times
Facing serious overcrowding in immigration courts, federal authorities in New York adopted a high-tech solution last year: Immigrants would be kept in detention centers for their legal proceedings, appearing before judges only by videoconference.
Now, a new lawsuit claims that the policy infringes upon immigrants’ constitutional rights in a deliberate attempt to speed up and increase deportations.