Immigration Judge Susan Castro faced a string of men in orange jail uniforms and shackled hands in her Fort Snelling courtroom on a recent Thursday. The morning was reserved for appearances by immigrants in detention, and Castro listed their options, from filing an asylum application to volunteering to fly back to their home countries.
Her soft-spoken manner and the calming background music belied the court's frenzied workload as she waited for an interpreter to come on the phone line.
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