President Donald Trump’s increasingly urgent campaign to attack the coronavirus outbreak is having a notably meager impact in the immigration courts, where dramatic moves could undercut his signature policy of getting tough on undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers.
As state and federal courts around the country scale back sharply due to the pandemic, most immigration courts have pressed on with only minor adjustments, prompting growing outrage from immigration judges, lawyers for immigrants facing deportation and even the attorneys who serve as prosecutors.
Court observers said proceedings continued Tuesday with vulnerable immigrants being called in for hearings and some being funneled into crowded holding rooms. And even as places like California moved to a near-lockdown status, the immigration courts pressed on largely as usual, triggering bitter complaints and dire warnings.
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