Three Hours in Immigration Court

Vivekae Kim
Jul 9, 2019 · 11 min read
Folders holding legal information inside the Phoenix Immigration Court’s lobby.

I hope you have a wonderful birthday, Jaime, the judge says.

Her words zip into the headset of the interpreter, out of the interpreter’s mouth, back into the headset, and finally, into Jaime’s headphones. Its wide, adult-sized headband slides slowly off the back of his head until it rests clunkily on his upper back.