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Members of Congress Call for Investigation of Tent Courts

Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus; Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Chair of the House Committee on the Judiciary; Rep. Benny Thompson (D-MS), Chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security; Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Chair of the House Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties; Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Chair of the House Judiciary Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee; and Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Chair of the House Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, & Operations sent a letter to the DHS Inspector General and DOJ Inspector General calling for an investigation of the use of tent facilities to adjudicate immigration hearings via video teleconference for asylum seekers subject to Remain in Mexico.

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  • Click to tweet: The Trump Administration took $155 million from funds appropriated for disaster relief to erect the #ShamCourts in Laredo and Brownsville. We need oversight now! #DueProcessDenied
  • Click to tweet: “Fewer than 2% of migrants subject to MPP currently have attorneys...many are not equipped to meaningfully present their asylum claim at all, much less via VTC...” This is unacceptable. Thank you to Congress for calling for oversight of the #ShamCourts.
  • Click to tweet: In this letter, members of Congress highlight the problematic operations at the secretive #ShamCourts in Laredo and Brownsville, Texas and call for an investigation and oversight hearings. #DueProcessDenied

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Cite as AILA Doc. No. 19101860.

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