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Removal Procedures II

This lesson will discuss in abstentia removal hearings, “administrative” and “expedited” removal hearings, and the issue of indefinite detention of noncitizens who cannot be removed to another country.


This lesson addresses additional issues concerning removal procedures.

I. Limited Discovery in Removal Hearings

If a noncitizen, called a respondent in a removal hearing, wishes to have a merits hearing, then the parties must produce copies of the evidence that they intend to offer in immigration court within 15 days of the hearing. With respect to the government’s duty to disclose evidence to the respondent, there’s no broad discovery obligation such as that in civil cases. Nor is there any...