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AP visits immigration courts across US, finds nonstop chaos

Jan 16, 2020 - Associated Press

LUMPKIN, Ga. (AP) - In a locked, guarded courtroom in a compound surrounded by razor wire, Immigration Judge Jerome Rothschild waits -- and stalls.

A Spanish interpreter is running late because of a flat tire. Rothschild tells the five immigrants before him that he'll take a break before the proceedings even start. His hope: to delay just long enough so these immigrants won't have to sit by, uncomprehendingly, as their futures are decided.

"We are, untypically, without an interpreter...