Posted July 13, 2018 06:30:50 Newark immigration lawyer Michael Sperber says the city has a problem with overcrowding.
“We have more people coming in than we are taking in.
And I think what we’ve had is the perception that the system is rigged.
And that’s not the case,” Sperberg said.
Sperbers clients include the city’s poorest residents and those in need of medical care.
“There are so many cases of people who are sick that we don’t know what’s going on with their condition,” Saborber said.
He says there are too many cases waiting to be processed and he fears for the health of people like him who have nowhere else to go.
“When you get to this point, we’ve seen a number of cases where people have been sent back to their homes,” he said.
“And we’re seeing that the city is not being very compassionate with people who have no choice.”
Sperber’s clients include some who have been arrested for drug offenses.
They include a man who was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon in 2015, when he was just 13.
The man was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of his father, who was shot in the face in the parking lot of a grocery store.
He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Sperberg says that despite his clients’ good faith, Newark has been trying to reduce overcrowding on the court by limiting access to certain places, such as the intake center for people who can’t afford to travel out of state for medical care or the emergency room.
Saborbers clients, he says, have been denied access to the emergency department or the public defender’s office, where they could have had access.
Saborber says that because of the number of people being held, the city needs to set up a court to provide more permanent housing.
He also worries about the city putting the poor at risk.
“I think the city would be in real trouble if they were going to try to keep people in the emergency rooms because they’re already doing a very poor job of keeping them out of the emergency,” he explained.
Soberber says he believes the city should be focusing on the needs of the city as a whole, and not just those in the courts.
“I don’t think the courts are the place to be,” he noted.
“If they had a court for people, we’d be talking about this right now.”
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said in a statement that he was working to address the issues raised by Sperbers clients.
He said the city continues to have a high court and an immigration court.
“The City of Newark is committed to providing quality, affordable housing for Newarkers, while preserving the court system for the city,” Baraka’s statement said.
Baraka also announced the city will open a new court to handle cases involving families who have children.
The city will use a new immigration court to process these cases, Baraka added.
Saberber says this is not the first time he has been accused of being a biased judge.
He’s been accused in the past of presiding over court proceedings for people with mental illness.
His case against him in the 2016 case is still pending.
Siderber says many people don’t understand what’s at stake in the immigration court cases.
“People don’t see the value in the process,” he added.
“The judges have a duty to do what they do, and I think the people are willing to go along with it.
We’ve got a long way to go, and we’ve got to keep working at it.”