Sunday, August 11, 2019
Some organizations, including the American Bar Association, have called for an independent immigration court system, not one housed in the U.S. Department of Justice.. Fox News reports that the Trump administration is moving in a very different direction. Two days ago, it was announced that the administration is petitioning to decertify the National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ) -- a move that, if successful, could give the administration more control over where judges are sent and how many cases they're expected to handle. According to Fox News, "[a] Department of Justice spokesperson said the department is submitting a petition to the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) to look at whether the NAIJ’s certification of representation should be revoked, as it claims the judges meet the statutory definition of `management officials.'”
Stay tuned to see how the union responds.
UPDATE (Aug. 14): Here is the U.S. Department of Justice letter seeking to de-certify the immigration judge union. Download EOIR RP Petition Union Copy (2)