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summer_in_TX

(2,637 posts)
Wed Jul 11, 2018, 11:06 PM Jul 2018

I hope to be in an immigration courtroom by the end of next week.

An attorney (S.) who goes to my Methodist church is working to get assigned to assist immigrants with their court cases. My pastor knows the separation of kids and parents has had me in tears and made it hard to concentrate on much else. He suggests I go with S. and another church member who's planning to go.

I'm not an attorney, but he told me they need witnesses to immigration proceedings, taking notes. I told him I'm very slow as a note-taker and have an unreliable memory, but he encouraged me to go anyway. Having civilian witnesses to the proceedings seems to cause the judges to trend to a little more careful and to better outcomes for the immigrants.

I'm waiting to hear if S. has been able to set things up. We'd go for a couple of days. Not much but something. Too bad we don't live close. If we did, it could be an ongoing effort.

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I hope to be in an immigration courtroom by the end of next week. (Original Post) summer_in_TX Jul 2018 OP
thank you Kali Jul 2018 #1
Thanks. I feel heartbroken every time I think about ecstatic Jul 2018 #2
If you had to focus on only one party, I suggest you pay close attention to the government's counsel alwaysinasnit Jul 2018 #3
Cool Gothmog Jul 2018 #4
Thank you, my dear summer_in_TX... CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2018 #5
This lady is running for Congress in my district: murielm99 Jul 2018 #6
Thanks for be a witness . The eyes and ears cause the judge to know others see what is happening in lunasun Jul 2018 #7
Good for you!!! RandomAccess Jul 2018 #8
Thank you for the encouragement and tips! summer_in_TX Jul 2018 #9

Gothmog

(142,961 posts)
4. Cool
Wed Jul 11, 2018, 11:17 PM
Jul 2018

My son's firm has sent a number bilingual attorneys to the valley to help immigrants.

Thank you for your service and thank the attorney

CaliforniaPeggy

(148,912 posts)
5. Thank you, my dear summer_in_TX...
Wed Jul 11, 2018, 11:31 PM
Jul 2018

I very much hope you get to go.

What is being done to those innocent children in our name is horrifying.

murielm99

(30,572 posts)
6. This lady is running for Congress in my district:
Thu Jul 12, 2018, 12:16 AM
Jul 2018
https://www.saradadyforcongress.com

She is an immigration lawyer. Our district is very red, but we hope she has a chance.

lunasun

(21,646 posts)
7. Thanks for be a witness . The eyes and ears cause the judge to know others see what is happening in
Thu Jul 12, 2018, 07:50 AM
Jul 2018

the proceedings

 

RandomAccess

(5,210 posts)
8. Good for you!!!
Thu Jul 12, 2018, 11:21 AM
Jul 2018

You may not think you're a very good note taker, but don't think that you can only take notes DURING the proceedings. Continue to record what you remember, what you observe, etc., after -- even into the evening.

We expect a full report.

Good luck.

summer_in_TX

(2,637 posts)
9. Thank you for the encouragement and tips!
Thu Jul 12, 2018, 12:23 PM
Jul 2018

I’ll do my best to document everything (assuming I get there). My friend wasn’t certain she could get assigned.

She tells me that 7500 attorneys applied for 60 slots to assist detainees in a Central Texas facility.

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