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Immigration Judges at Georgia Detention Center Under Fire for Due Process, Professional Courtesy Violations


ATLANTA (AP) — A legal advocacy group says immigration judges at a Georgia detention center are breaking rules of professional conduct and violating the constitutional rights of detainees.

The Southern Poverty Law Center says it sent a letter Tuesday to the Executive Office of Immigration Review, a part of the U.S. Department of Justice that oversees immigration courts. The Department of Justice declined to comment.

The letter says immigration judges at the Stewart Detention Center routinely violate due process rights, have made comments that indicate prejudice against immigrant detainees and failed to show the necessary patience, dignity and courtesy.

Despite a previous complaint last year and the agency saying it had spoken to the judges, the law center says its attorneys continue to observe due process concerns.

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