While many hearings have been postponed, the vast majority of US immigration courts remain open for business.
In San Francisco, where there is a local order to “shelter in place” and a state-wide order to stay home, Judge Dana Leigh Marks told Insider that she’s seen no real efforts to protect court staff or the public from the spread of COVID-19.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein sent a letter Wednesday asking the Department of Justice to shutter immigration courts amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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The top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee is calling on the US Department of Justice to immediately shutter the nation’s immigration courts, echoing calls from judges, prosecutors, and immigrant rights advocates alike.

Despite the COVID-19 outbreak, the vast majority of US immigration courts remain open; the government has postponed some cases but proceeding with hearings for detained persons.

In a March 25 letter addressed to Attorney General William Barr, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, of California, says such matters — “bond hearings for adult detainees and emergency hearings for children” — should, instead, be handled via teleconference.

“The benefit for reducing the risk to public health outweighs pressing forward with non-critical matters during this pandemic,” Feinstein added.

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