Saturday, March 31, 2018

Jeffrey S. Chase: The AG's Certifying of BIA Decisions


In this piece, Jeffrey S. Chase, a former immigration judge, questions -- as others are -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions intervention in immigration adjudications:

"The recent flurry of case certifications by Attorney General Jeff Sessions (he has certified four BIA decisions to himself since January) raises the question of the continued appropriateness of the practice.  Certification allows a political appointee who heads an enforcement agency, and is subject to the policy agenda of the administration he or she serves, absolute authority to overrule or completely rewrite the decisions of an ostensibly neutral and independent tribunal comprised of judges possessing greater subject matter expertise."


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