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DOJ Threatens to Turn Immigration Judges Into ‘Assembly-Line Workers’

DOJ Threatens to Turn Immigration Judges Into ‘Assembly-Line Workers’

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is reportedly intending to implement numerical quotas on Immigration Judges as a way of evaluating their performance. This move would undermine judicial independence, threaten the integrity of the immigration court system, and cause massive due process violations. As it currently stands, Immigration Judges are not rated based on the number […]

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Government Moves to Curb Non-Citizens’ Ability to Get More Time to Prepare for Hearings

Government Moves to Curb Non-Citizens’ Ability to Get More Time to Prepare for Hearings

In a move to reduce the number of times immigration judges reschedule immigration hearings, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) recently issued guidance suggesting judges should change practices regarding “continuances.” A continuance, which only may be granted for “good cause,” is a critically important option for individuals who seek a level playing field in […]

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Data Shows Prosecutorial Discretion Grinds to a Halt in Immigration Courts

Data Shows Prosecutorial Discretion Grinds to a Halt in Immigration Courts

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced last month that it now has hired 326 immigration judges, 53 more judges than July 2016, yet during that time the immigration court backlog has grown. According to new data released by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) the reason for this may be due to the fact that […]

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Why Are the Immigration Courts So Backlogged? Government Findings May Surprise You

Why Are the Immigration Courts So Backlogged? Government Findings May Surprise You

Anyone familiar with the immigration system knows that the immigration courts have an enormous backlog which has persisted—and grown—for more than a decade. As of April 2017, the immigration court backlog topped 585,930 cases, more than double the pending cases in fiscal year (FY) 2006 (212,000). The immigration court backlog means that many people wait […]

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Federal Court Blocks DOJ’s Attempt to Restrict Access to Legal Assistance

Federal Court Blocks DOJ’s Attempt to Restrict Access to Legal Assistance

On Wednesday, a federal court in Seattle issued a nationwide temporary restraining order allowing nonprofits to continue to provide limited legal assistance to immigrants without being forced to formally represent them in immigration court. The order was issued in a lawsuit brought by the Northwest Immigrants Right Project (NWIRP) after it received a “cease and […]

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The Sad State of Atlanta’s Immigration Court

Written by on March 10, 2017 in Immigration Courts with 5 Comments
The Sad State of Atlanta’s Immigration Court

The Atlanta immigration court is known as one of the worst places to be in deportation proceedings. For years, the judges have been accused of abusive and unprofessional practices and the denial rate of asylum applications alone is 98 percent. The latest effort to document this phenomenon comes from Emory Law School and the Southern […]

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Attorney General Sessions’ First Orders of Business on Immigration

Written by on February 9, 2017 in Enforcement, Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
Attorney General Sessions’ First Orders of Business on Immigration

Jeff Sessions was confirmed as Attorney General this week by a vote of 52-47, following a very contentious confirmation process. As Attorney General and head of the Department of Justice (DOJ), Sessions will oversee key immigration-related functions. The three recently issued executive orders on immigration give the Attorney General  specific directives and are likely to […]

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Immigration Appeals Court Reverses Position on Deportation Waivers

Immigration Appeals Court Reverses Position on Deportation Waivers

In a decision issued last week, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) reversed course and decided that a subset of Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who have been convicted of certain crimes may now have an opportunity to avoid deportation by proving to an immigration judge that their removal would cause extreme hardship to their U.S. […]

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Why More Immigration Judges Are Needed

Written by on May 11, 2015 in Immigration Courts with 1 Comment
Why More Immigration Judges Are Needed

If there is any aspect of immigration reform over which there should be no partisan disagreement, it is the dire need to increase the number of immigration judges. As most Republicans and Democrats can probably agree, immigration judges are essential for the functioning of immigration enforcement (removing people who shouldn’t be here) and for the […]

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No Justice For Family of Mexican Child Killed By U.S. Border Patrol Agent

No Justice For Family of Mexican Child Killed By U.S. Border Patrol Agent

On June 7, 2010, Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca, a fifteen-year-old Mexican national, was playing with a group of friends on the Mexican side of the border near the Paso del Norte Bridge in El Paso, Texas. The boy and his friends were playing a game in which they ran up the incline of a cement […]

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