In an effort to reach out to other stakeholders interested or affected by the recent intention to transition to “Full & Complete” in immigration courts, I was invited by the South Florida Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association –AILA, as special guest speaker representing the National Immigration Court Contract Interpreters (NICCI) to address their members at their monthly meeting during their luncheon at the jungle island Resort in Miami, Florida to speak about the subject.
Following a brief introduction and history since the decision by EOIR to implement “Full &Complete” in all immigration courts effective November 2012, their suspension of that process and then its resumption early this year, I explained that most if not all immigration court interpreters support “Full &Complete” through simultaneous interpreting provided it is done properly.
I shared our concerns and those of immigration judges about such implementation that goes far beyond simply considering interpreters fatigue, breaks and team interpreting and provided suggestions for proper implementation.
The attendees were informed about the recent survey taken by immigration interpreters, which gave a clear mandate to the Ad hoc Committee to represent them with the majority supporting the creation of a dedicated entity to represent their interests and advance the profession.
Insights were also shared with the group concerning confidentiality at immigration courts and during other immigration proceedings and regarding licensing of interpreters and translators.
The feedback was positive. Some of the comments included a suggestion for interpreters to ask, on the record, for breaks when due and as often as needed especially when doing simultaneous interpreting.
To read the full text, please click on the following link; AILA-SF-Address-NSalem-17jul13
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