As immigration court backlogs balloon to nearly 900,000 cases, the Trump administration has taken at least one decidedly technocratic approach to governance: expanding the use of video teleconference (VTC) court hearings, in which detained migrants, or the judges themselves, can beam into court. As long as wires aren’t crossed and the technology is running smoothly, the hearings are meant to proceed as normal. But the “solution,” as anybody who has ever conducted an office videoconference surely knows, comes with its own problems.
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