On Monday the Dept. of Justice ordered immigration judges to remove CDC posters informing people how they can protect themselves and others from the coronavirus pandemic. Outraged, the judge's union took to Twitter to tell people what was going on:
EOIR has ordered immigration court staff to remove CDC posters designed to slow spread of coronavirus. No, this is not a parody account.— Immigration Judges (NAIJ) (@Immigration Judges (NAIJ)) 1583794881.0
That directive, coming from Acting Chief Immigration Judge Christopher Santoro, warned that "the CDC flyer is not authorized for posting." The flyers were printed in both English and Spanish.
"This is just a reminder that immigration judges do not have the authority to post, or ask you to post, signage for their individual courtrooms or the waiting areas," the memo also says, as Slate's Mark Joseph Stern reported.
“As the Department of Justice continues to work closely with the Vice President’s Task Force, the CDC, and state and local government leaders regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, we are working to provide you and your immigration court staff with resources to support your important mission,” he wrote in a follow up memo, instructing immigration court judges to post the CDC flyers.
Update #2: The acting Chief Immigration Judge is now directing immigration courts to put up CDC signs that explain… https://t.co/gwsRg77tyX— Mark Joseph Stern (@Mark Joseph Stern) 1583853390.0
PBS NewsHour's Yamiche Alcindor, who also reported on the directives to remove and then report the flyers, posted copies of the CDC graphics:
UPDATE: Per a DOJ source, Chief Immigration Judge Santoro sent these English and Spanish language flyers on coronav… https://t.co/E8jCP4JRzi— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche Alcindor) 1583853681.0