Coronavirus shuts down legal proceedings in latest misstep for Texas border crackdown

Migrants arrested under Gov. Greg Abbott’s border security push have been imprisoned for weeks or months waiting to appear before a judge. About 90 were finally to receive hearings this week, but court proceedings were canceled.

Chris Stokes for The Texas Tribune
A group of migrants arrested for allegedly trespassing read booking paperwork at Texas’ new migrant processing facility next to the Val Verde County Sheriff’s Office in October.

"They were crushed," Etter said Monday after her organization spoke to its 18 imprisoned clients whose hearings were canceled this week. "This is something that they've been looking forward to for a long time, and to not only tell them that our court date is canceled but also that we have no idea when it's going to get reset … it's hard."

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