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Immigration Lawyers Worry In-Person Appearances at Eloy Court Will Increase COVID-19 Risk

The Arizona Republic reports that immigration lawyers are upset over a recent decision that forces a return to appear in person for hearings at the Eloy Immigration Court in Eloy, Arizona, amid a rising number of COVID-19 cases in Arizona. The development comes as nearly two dozen immigration courts across the country have had to close in recent weeks after possible exposure to COVID-19, including the immigration courts in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona. AILA Arizona Chapter Chair Olivia Porter says that, at Eloy, “the courtrooms are very small and very confined,” which makes it “impossible to maintain six feet between every single person who is going to be in that room at the same time.”