‘This Is Ethnic Cleansing’: Immigration Lawyers Work The Graveyard Shift At JFK – Gothamist

Amid reports that the number of immigrant detainees at John F. Kennedy Airport has dropped off significantly, a coalition of volunteer attorneys is still working at Terminal 4 this morning, after tag-teaming throughout the night to greet arriving flights from Europe and the Middle East.

Over two-dozen attorneys were stationed at Central Diner in Terminal 4 at 4:30 this morning. Since Saturday, Central Diner has become an impromptu headquarters and dispatch center for the fluctuating group, which also includes volunteer translators.

“This is insane,” attorney Marissa Ran, 32, told Gothamist this morning. “I’m an immigration lawyer and I’ve worked with people who are refugees and seeking asylum in the U.S.. I’ve worked in other countries, and I’ve never seen anything like this. This is ethnic cleansing that’s going on. This is about exclusion.”…

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