In June of last year, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s New York Field Office announced that it would start holding hearings for detained immigrants exclusively through video teleconferences.
An organization called Brooklyn Defenders Services, alongside the Legal Aid Society and the Bronx Defender's Office filed a class action lawsuit against ICE because of this move.
Andrea Saenz is an attorney with the nonprofit Brooklyn Defenders Services and the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project. They provide free lawyers to detained immigrants with low income.
Then we take a broader look at how video teleconferencing is heavily relied on in immigration detention cases across the country.
WNYC’s Beth Fertig is joins us to discuss what this trend looks like nationwide.