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Sessions Again Limits Independence of Immigration Judges and Signals His Intent to Increase Detention of Asylum Seekers

Using a uniquely broad authority – certification – to unilaterally reconsider cases already reviewed by non-politically appointed judges and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), Attorney General Sessions issued a decision yesterday that once again limits the independence of immigration judges by narrowing the circumstances under which they may terminate certain cases before them. He … Continue reading »

Sessions’ Assault on the Rule of Law in Immigration Court

It’s Time for an Independent Immigration Court Yesterday, Attorney General Sessions welcomed 44 new immigration judges with an ominous warning:  “Immigration Judges [shall] conduct designated proceedings ‘subject to such supervision and shall perform such duties as the Attorney General shall prescribe.’” In other words, Sessions reminded immigration judges that they must carry out their duties … Continue reading »

How the Trump Administration is Changing Immigration Courts

“Death penalty cases in a traffic court setting,” is how Dana Leigh Marks, emeritus President of National Association of Immigration Judges, once described immigration court, an assessment emphasizing the lack of justice that can be found in the immigration court system. The problems facing this court system are numerous and longstanding, but under the Trump … Continue reading »

HuffPost: “Donald Trump And Jeff Sessions Are Hijacking The Judicial System To Attack Dreamers”

In his latest column  for Huffpost, America’s Voice Communications Manager and DACA-recipient Juan Escalante calls out Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Trump administration for their attempts to bend the judiciary to their own xenophobic purposes. Escalante’s piece is excerpted below and available in full here. President Donald Trump’s “unshackled” agents at Immigration and Customs … Continue reading »

Is Attorney General Sessions Turning What Should Be Impartial and Independent Immigration Judges into His Personal Deportation Force?

It’s Time for an Independent Immigration Court On Tuesday, Tal Kopan of CNN reported that an immigration judge assigned to a case for many years was replaced with another judge from Washington who quickly and with little process ordered the deportation of an immigrant.  Kopan explains: The unusual use of a chief immigration judge from … Continue reading »

The Jeff Sessions Campaign Tour: How the AG is Traveling Around the Country Demonizing Immigrants — And Candidates Are Echoing Him

Since at least April of this year, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been out across the country giving speeches that are helping to lay the foundation for an anti-immigrant political strategy in the 2018 midterms. Republicans have already made it clear that this is what they will run on this fall, even though has already … Continue reading »

Attorney General Sessions and DHS Secretary Nielsen Join Force Again, This Time to Close the Door on Asylum

USCIS issued a memo on Wednesday that strong-arms adjudicators tasked with deciding the fate of thousands of asylum seekers to deny virtually all cases involving women fleeing horrific abuse, kids and others running from ruthless gangs, and most others claiming fear of persecution, where the persecution is not directly caused by a government.   This … Continue reading »

Dara Lind of Vox on the Trump Administration’s Plan to Gut Asylum

“Plan would bar people who enter illegally from getting asylum” In a must-read exclusive, Vox’s Dara Lind reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has drafted a regulation that would bar most of those fleeing horrific violence in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala from being recognized as refugees in the United States. The draft regulation is … Continue reading »

Frank Sharry: “We Once Called Our Nation a ‘Shining City on the Hill.’ No Longer”

The announcement from Attorney General Jeff Sessions that most asylum seekers fleeing domestic and gang violence will no longer qualify for asylum protection in the U.S. is another in a string of cruel immigration announcements by the Trump Administration, America’s Voice Education Fund said today. Also yesterday, AG Sessions announced a new push to denaturalize … Continue reading »