The newly running tent courts in Southern Texas have faced criticism for their lack of public access, long-distance judges, lack of interpreters, and unclear procedures for attorneys. Trump administration officials defended the tent courts, saying the secrecy was needed for “security” and the tent courts are needed to reduce the backlog. Indeed, the goal of the tent courts is to lower time for asylum cases from years to as little as 40 days. The advocacy director for Amnesty International USA called it “factory justice,” saying the courts only served to move people through quickly with “the least friction as possible.”

– Weekly Immigration Briefing by Olivia Hester, Immigration Law Analyst at Docketwise


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