Attorney General James Calls on U.S. Attorney General Barr, Immigration Judges to Halt In-Person Immigration Proceedings

Posted to Applied Web NY on Sat, 03/21/2020 - 07:22

NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Letitia James today called on U.S. Attorney General William Barr, as well as members of New York’s immigration courts to take action and stop the further spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) by immediately halting in-person immigration hearings and instead moving to telephonic hearings and electronic filings. In a letter to Attorney General Barr and immigration judges and court administrators across New York State, Attorney General James cites the need for protecting practitioners and staff at the state’s immigration courts after members of a number of organizations that provide free legal representation to indigent non-citizens at these courts have reported COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to an individual with COVID-19.

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