Lawyers protest dangers at detention center

HEAR Investigative Post Editor Jim Heaney at 7:20am Thursday

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April 01, 2020 - 8:56 pm
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Lawyers defending immigrants in deportation hearings and other legal proceedings in Batavia refused to appear in court Tuesday, saying federal authorities have failed to protect all parties involved from exposure to COVID-19.

Attorneys from the Volunteer Lawyers Project and Prisoners Legal Services of New York also  said that Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, has effectively stopped them from representing their clients in court by requiring face masks and other protective equipment that they can’t obtain because of shortages and that ICE won’t provide.

The federal immigration court has continued to operate despite a plea last Friday from State Attorney General Letitia James to suspend activities until safety precautions are put in place that are similar to what federal and state courts have instituted.

Hear a complete wrap-up of this story with Investigative Post Editor and Executive Director Jim Heaney Thursday morning at 7:20am on WBEN

Complete IP reporting on this issue available here.

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