Monday, May 12, 2014
For years, the immigration courts have been criticized for their lack of independence. Dana Leigh Marks is the president of the National Association of Immigration Judges. and has been an Immigration Judge since 1987. In this op/ed, she argues that
"Immigration courts must be restructured as real courts under Article I of the Constitution, similar to Tax and Bankruptcy Courts, so we can maintain administrative independence and ensure total transparency in our proceedings. This would free them from any control or influence by the Attorney General or Department of Homeland Security. While seemingly technical, this change is essential to achieve the most fundamental expectation we American’s hold about judges: that they are independent and protected from undue influence by any party to their proceedings. It is a reform which is much needed and long overdue."