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Immigration courts

In 2005 Chicago Appleseed and the Legal Assistance Foundation studied the use of videoconferencing in immigration court and found the process “riddled with problems.”  Equipment malfunctioned, translations were inaccurate, and detainees were unable to communicate with their attorneys.

Now the Appleseed Network just released a broader assessment of the nation’s immigration court system, and the title — Assembly Line Justice — says a lot.   The study finds that the appointment of judges is overly politicized; immigrations have trouble finding pro-bono legal representation; videoconferencing and lack of unbiased translation present obstacles to accurate rulings; and resources are lacking to ensure a fair appeal process

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