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Trump administration postpones many immigration hearings, but courts remain open for detained children and other asylum-seekers

Added 03-31-20 01:14:03am EST - “Despite calls to close immigration courts and release detainees, the US Department of Justice announced it was only postponing some hearings.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Trump administration postpones many immigration hearings, but courts remain open for detained children and other asylum-seekers”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

All hearings for immigrants who are not currently detained, including asylum-seekers, have been further postponed until May 1, the US Department of Justice said Monday. 

The announcement, made in a tweet, falls short of increasingly loud demands — from judges, prosecutors, lawmakers, and public health experts — to completely shut down the nation's immigration courts during the pandemic.

An immigration judge in San Francisco last week told Business Insider that little has been done to increase safety for those in her courtroom, which she has asked to be closed.

"It's good that non-detained cases are postponed," Judge Samuel B. Cole, an immigration justice in Chicago, told Business Insider, "but unfortunately detained cases are proceeding business-as-usual."

He said such hearings could and should be done over the phone, saying, "People are being put at risk."

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