Monday, November 23, 2020

How many of our immigration judges are amateurs at immigration law?

The hill

Nolan Rappaport on the Hill reports on a development that would surprise many people:

"Nevertheless, attorneys do not need immigration law experience to become an immigration judge.

You read that correctly: Aspiring immigration judges need not have actual experience — just strong credentials in skills necessary to be a judge. The government will “train” them in the law. The problem is the training program for new judges does not spend enough time teaching immigration law to give them the knowledge they will need as immigration judges.

. . .

Recent hires in December 2019, included 11 attorneys with no immigration law experience. They began hearing cases in January 2020." (bold added).


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