Because of the coronavirus, justice is moving more slowly in California. Jury trials have been suspended, and hearings have been delayed. But immigration courthouses are still open. In this interview, Francisco Ugarte, an immigration attorney with San Francisco’s Public Defender’s Office, speaks about how this pandemic has changed deportation hearings.
The lawsuit seeking the release for thirteen immigrants detained in two ICE detention Centers in California was filed by San Francisco Public Defender’s Office as well as the ACLU, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, and Lakin & Wille LLP. The plaintiffs are detained by ICE in Mesa Verde Detention Center in Bakersfield, California and at Yuba County Jail.
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