US Opens Tent Courts At Border, Denying Access To Public And Media
LAREDO, Texas — Tent courts erected at the southern border to hear the cases of thousands of asylum-seekers forced to return to Mexico under a Trump administration policy opened for the first time Wednesday in Laredo, Texas — but few got to see inside as the public, including media, was denied access.
A Department of Homeland Security officer who wasn’t wearing a name tag and declined to provide his name said the hearings were not open to the public and that only law enforcement, attorneys with clients who had hearings that day, and government contractors would be allowed inside.
“It’s not a public hearing,” the officer told BuzzFeed News.
A DHS official said that while immigration court proceedings are generally open to the public, asylum hearings at the tent facilities were unique from other immigration courts because of “the law enforcement sensitive priorities” of the nearby official border crossings.
via buzzfeednews US Opens Tent Courts At Border, Denying Access To Public And Media
SECRET COURTS, SECRET TRIALS, NO PUBLIC JURIES