Published On: February 12th, 2024Categories: Iowa News

ACLU accuses Omaha court of violating immigrants’ due process in Nebr...

LINCOLN, Nebraska — A new report from the ACLU of Nebraska accuses the U.S. Department of Justice immigration court in Omaha of routinely violating due process rights in immigrants’ removal proceedings.

The new report, unveiled Friday, is based on more than 500 pretrial hearings that researchers watched between April and August 2023. A team recorded the process and outcome of each hearing, including its length, whether immigrants were advised of their rights, the language they spoke and whether they had an interpreter or attorney.

The court oversees cases for people living in Nebraska and Iowa.

Dylan Severino, legal fellow for the Nebraska ACLU and the report’s lead author, said federal law guarantees that immigrants receive a full and fair removal hearing.

“What we saw is a far cry from that guarantee,” he said in a statement.

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review, which oversees such…

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