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August 22, 2014

Immigration Judge Sues Justice Department for Anti-Iranian Discrimination
By Ryan Lovelace

An immigration judge in California claims the Justice Department disciplined her because of her heritage and an appearance she made at the White House. Afsaneh Ashley Tabaddor, a judge for the U.S. Immigration Court in Los Angeles, is suing the DoJ to challenge its order that she indefinitely recuse herself from hearing cases involving Iranian nationals. The Los Angeles immigration court where Tabaddor practices has a backlog of 309 cases involving Iranian nationals, according to data compiled as of June 30, 2014, by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. Judge Dana Leigh Marks, president of the National Association of Immigration Judges, says she does not know if any of the backlog resulted because of the DOJ order, but says she knows Tabaddor has had cases involving Iranian nationals removed from her docket and had cases assigned elsewhere.

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