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Complaint filed against the immigration court in El Paso, Texas

Lawyers in El Paso, Texas filed a complaint against immigration court this week. In the complaint, the lawyers state that the immigration court has “arbitrary and unjust rules” that decrease asylum-seekers’ chances of staying in the country. Specifically, they say that the court wrongly limits the amount of evidence that asylum-seekers can submit in their cases, requires asylum-seekers to provide all the evidence they need before it will schedule a trial, and denies lawyers the opportunity to represent their clients in court by phone. They also say that judges have repeatedly made inappropriate commentstowards immigrants. The lawyers argue that all of these rules violate the due process rights of asylum-seekers and that the rules make it difficult for asylum-seekers to have a fair trial. The government has not responded to the complaint yet.

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Bella Clark