Thursday, January 30, 2020

Immigration judges association calls for independence from the Dapartment of Justice

Rafael Bernal for the Hill reports that the National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ) President Ashley Tabbador yesterday told members of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship that "America needs an immigration court that is free from improper influence on the decisions of immigration judges."

Immigration courts are a part of the Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), and their decisions can be directly overruled by the attorney general. There has been friction between the judges and the Trump administration.  Last August the EOIR petitioned the Federal Labor Relations Authority to decertify NAIJ as a union.


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