Immigration courts have always been susceptible to politics; presidents have, for example, rearranged dockets to suit their political needs. But the NAIJ and others are concerned that the Trump administration has moved from reprioritizing cases to deliberately trying to affect case outcomes. Changes that have caused concern include unilateral changes to case law, like the one Sessions made in Castro-Tum; pressure on judges to rule faster; and even allegations that the DOJ is considering political affiliation in hiring new immigration judges.

“It’s all part of what our association has referred to as ‘the deportation machine,’ ” says Jeremy McKinney, treasurer of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. “In other words, transforming a court that is supposed to be an independent and neutral trier of law and fact into an arm of law enforcement.” Read more. 

Insist on impartial courts and judges. [h/t AILA]

Call: Your two senators (look up).
Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] and I’m calling about immigration judges. When their performance appraisals are connected to case quotas, they are vulnerable to political interference and manipulation. Our country needs independent judges in our courts. I would like [NAME] to support and co-sponsor the Immigration Court Improvement Act of 2019 (S. 663).

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