Videoconferencing in Immigration Court: High-Tech Solution or Rights Violation?

A new lawsuit filed in federal court by the Legal Aid Society and the Bronx Defenders asserts that mandatory videoconferencing in immigration proceedings violates immigrants' constitutional rights in a deliberate attempt to speed up and increase deportations.

News Story (NATIONAL, New York)

Christina Goldbaum
New York Times (NYT)
February 12, 2019
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Tags: Deportation, Immigration Process

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society (New York City), Bronx Defenders


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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.

The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday in the Federal District Court in Manhattan, asserted that detained immigrants could not fully communicate with their lawyers and participate in proceedings when their only interaction with immigration court was through video.