Monday, July 13, 2020
Is the Trump administration chasing away immigration judges? Critics have claimed that the administration has taken steps undermining the independence of the immigration judges, including steps to decertify the immigration judges' collective bargaining representative.
TRAC Immigration has found that the latest judge-by-judge data from the Immigration Courts indicate that more judges are resigning and retiring. Turnover is the highest since records began in FY 1997 over two decades ago. These results are based on detailed records obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) from the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) which administers the immigration courts.
During FY 2019 a record number of 35 judges left the bench. This is up from the previous record set in FY 2017 when 20 judges left the bench, and 27 judges left in FY 2018. See Figure 1.