Lawyers Frustrated by Policy Removing Interpreters from Immigration Courts - Articles

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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jul 30, 2019
Immigration lawyers across the country are experiencing trouble with a new federal policy that went into effect July 15 – the removal of in-person interpreters from master calendar hearings in immigration court, Vice News reports. The move, announced by the Department of Justice in June, was meant to increase efficiency by having immigrants watch an orientation video with subtitles and then giving them the option of using a telephone interpreter. Immigration lawyers have complained that the videos make the process more confusing, and put attorneys who are not fluent in a second language at a disadvantage.