Immigration lawyers seek video court appearances amid virus

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Some immigration lawyers in New Jersey have filed a lawsuit seeking to avoid having to appear in immigration court during the COVID-19 pandemic. The New Jersey chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and three attorneys filed suit on Friday claiming the federal government is risking their health by requiring them to appear in immigration court for clients who aren't being detained. In court papers, the lawyers argue the court doesn't provide the option to use video conference technology. They're asking a judge to allow that and to stop in-person court appearances until the health threat from the pandemic no longer poses a risk.

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