Immigration Judge: Death Penalty Cases in a Traffic Court Setting

Immigration Judge: Death Penalty Cases in a Traffic Court Setting

"What many Americans are just beginning to realize is that a high-stakes drama is being played out in a courtroom near them right now.  Not only is this storyline nonfiction, but it often involves life and death consequences.  The courtrooms are located in our nation's 58 immigration courts, whose cases include what amount to death penalty cases heard in traffic court settings.  Known to relatively few lawyers, and even fewer members of the general public, these tribunals decide the fates of people fleeing persecution, including unaccompanied children who fear gang violence, and the futures of some people who have been living legally in the United States for so long that their native lands are a distant memory and the language of their youth feels like a foreign tongue to them." - Judge Dana Leigh Marks, June 26, 2014.