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AIC and AILA, Apr. 3, 2019
"The American Immigration Council (“Council”) and the American Immigration LawyersAssociation (“AILA”) jointly file this complaint on behalf of immigration practitioners and theirdetained clients who appear for immigration proceedings at the El Paso Service ProcessingCenter immigration court (“El Paso SPC Court”) regarding:
(A) The use of problematic standing orders by Immigration Judges (“IJs”) at the El PasoSPC Court that undermine due process and diminish access to counsel;
(B) A culture of hostility and contempt towards noncitizens who appear at the El PasoSPC Court; and
(C) The use of problematic court practices which undermine due process and a fair dayin court for noncitizens appearing before the El Paso SPC Court.
This complaint is based on interviews and declarations from legal practitioners who appearedbefore the detained docket at the El Paso SPC Court, several IJ standing orders, and a courtobservation project conducted by the University of Texas at El Paso (“UTEP”) and the HopeBorder Institute involving hundreds of immigration court cases heard at the El Paso SPC Court.The court observations, declarations, and statistics paint a sobering picture. The data suggestthat noncitizens appearing in the El Paso SPC Court face some of the highest obstacles in thenation to due process and fair adjudication of claims for relief."