No court interpreters for many indigenous immigrants
Monday, August 27, 2018
Posted by: Dana Walker
TUCSON, Ariz. (CN) — Though the Trump administration touts its immigration stance as zero
tolerance, criminal illegal entry cases are dismissed daily because interpreters are not available in defendants’ native languages.
The American Civil Liberties Union, which tracks more than 1,500 “Operation Streamline” cases a month in Tucson Federal Court, are seeing three to six dismissals daily out of roughly 75 cases. The problem is mostly with indigenous Mexican and Central American languages, though African and Asian languages sometimes arise.