No Right to Interpreters for IWS Application Process
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Abdullah v. Immigration and Naturalization Service
Due process does not require the government to provide competent interpreters for interviews by INS personnel with applicants for status as Special Agricultural Workers. The applicants' interest is qualitatively different from that of one defending against criminal prosecution, deportation, or exclusion. When aliens petition for a status enhancement whose validity it is their burden to establish, it is reasonable to require them to make suitable arrangements to prove their cases. The fact that the government's own manuals provide for interpreters doesn't mean that the burden of providing them is nonexistent; apparently they don't actually provide them in all cases for all languages. See: Abdullah v. Immigration and Naturalization Service, 184 F.3d 158 (2nd Cir. 1999).