Thursday, August 9, 2018

IJs Slam Sessions for Undermining Judicial Independence

From Huffington Post:

In an uncharacteristically public move, the union representing immigration judges on Wednesday strongly criticized the Attorney General Jeff Sessions-led Department of Justice for interfering with the courts’ independence.

The National Association of Immigration Judges alleges that Trump administration officials transferred the case of an undocumented immigrant away from a Philadelphia-based immigration judge because the judge didn’t give them the outcome they wanted: a swift order of deportation when the immigrant didn’t show up in court for a hastily scheduled hearing.

“The agency’s actions violated the independence of the judge’s decision-making authority and undermined the integrity of immigration courts,” Judge Ashley Tabaddor, speaking in her capacity as president of the National Association of Immigration Judges, told reporters on a press call after filing an official grievance. “We, as judges who are bound by an oath of office, cannot let these actions proceed unchallenged.” Read more....


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