Beth Fertig

Senior Reporter, WNYC News

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

American Bar Association Says Immigration Courts Are 'On The Brink Of Collapse'

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

The American Bar Association says the nation's immigration courts are so overloaded they're "on the brink of collapse." Now new data show the backlog has grown to almost 900,000 cases.

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A Cautionary Tale For DACA Recipients From A Detained Student

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Omar Helalat has spent more than a year at an ICE detention center outside Buffalo, even though charges against him were dropped. His lawyer claims that’s unconstitutional.

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NYC's Immigration Court Is a 'Pressure Cooker'

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

How are NYC's immigration court judges handling a backlog of cases and deluge of new legal frameworks from Washington? 

Presiding Under Pressure

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Meet the new judges working in New York City's immigration court under the Trump administration's higher caseload demands and stricter asylum rules.

Why It's Harder to Win Asylum, Even in New York

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

In immigrant-friendly New York, migrants have historically had a much easier time winning asylum than in other cities. But that's been changing under President Trump.

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'Randomness' at the Border: A Columbia Law Professor Visits Migrants in Tijuana

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

The Trump Administration claims the nation's southern border is at the "breaking point" with so many migrants. Columbia Law School Professor Katherine Franke went to see for herself.

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Fast-Tracking Families Through Immigration Court

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

The strategy is putting additional pressure on immigrants, their attorneys and the newest judges in the nation's busiest immigration court.

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Fewer Undocumented Immigrant Crime Victims Are Stepping Forward

Monday, March 25, 2019

There's a way for undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S. if they're victims of crime. But applications to the program have fallen since President Trump took office. 

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At Adult Detention Centers, 18-Year-Old Asylum-Seekers Advocate For Themselves

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Eighteen-year-olds coming into the U.S. can be placed in adult detention centers, apart from their families. One young woman was denied entry while her mother and sister were allowed to seek asylum.

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A Different Kind of Family Separation at the Border

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

A story of a Honduran family of asylum-seekers.

U.S. Separates Mother and Daughter Fleeing Persecution Due to HIV Status

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

New reporting from WNYC examines the persecution of people living with HIV in Honduras and how asylum proceedings can split families, even when they're fleeing for the same reasons.

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A Mother and Daughter Both Have H.I.V. The U.S. Lets in Only One.

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

They fled persecution in Honduras. Despite identical circumstances, they were separated at the Texas border, and the daughter was deported.

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Public Defenders Claim Court Hearings by Video Deny Immigrants Due Process

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The lawsuit claims technical failures with video technology are rampant, leading to delays, and even more time in detention. 

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City's Federal Courts Brace for Full Force of Shutdown

Monday, January 21, 2019

Manhattan's busy federal court has a backup plan if the shutdown causes contract workers, including security guards, to call in absent: hearings by video.

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Christmas at the Border: Volunteers Spend Their Holiday Helping Migrants

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

As migrants from Central America gather in Tijuana, hoping to apply for asylum, volunteers from New York have joined them to provide moral support.

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Stock Market Losses Make Some Holiday Shoppers Anxious

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Several shoppers at the Union Square Holiday Market said recent losses on Wall Street are having an impact on their choice of holiday presents.

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Bronx DA Won't Ask Supreme Court to Decide on Jury Trials for Immigrants

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Darcel Clark says she won't seek an opinion from the high court to overturn a ruling that found immigrants deserve jury trials when accused of misdemeanors.

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NYC Volunteers Prepare to Offer Moral Support to Migrants on the Border

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

The New Sanctuary Coalition is training the volunteers before they travel to the border to help migrants.

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Remembering Former City Schools Chancellor Harold Levy

Thursday, November 29, 2018

He was a brash intellectual, a progressive and a Wall Street lawyer and he was the first non-educator to lead the nation's largest school system. 

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New York's Highest Court Rules Immigrants Deserve Jury Trials, Even for Misdemeanors

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The Legal Aid Society calls it a "landmark case" that will provide clients a meaningful opportunity to fight against criminal charges that could lead to deportation.

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