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Journal of Constitutional Law, University of Pennsylvania
May 2015

Converging Systems: How Changes in Fact and Law Require a Reassessment of Suppression in Immigration Proceedings
By Elizabeth L. Young

Despite this increasing complexity in immigration proceedings, the BIA was reduced in number and type of review. The BIA, the appellate body located within the immigration system, had grown to twenty-three judges who were responsible for reviewing all appeals from immigration proceedings appeals. In 2002, the Attorney General introduced an initiative referred to as “streamlining.” This initiative resulted in a massive restructuring of the BIA, moving from twenty-three judges to eleven. Further, while the practice in the past had been to have a three-judge panel review most cases, this initiative provided for the majority of cases to be reviewed by a single member. Practitioners, scholars, and immigration judges criticized this new structure as creating a mere rubber stamp at this appellate level, resulting in record numbers of appeals in nearly every circuit around the country. Wait times in immigration courts have steadily been rising, despite a decrease in charging documents being issued by ICE....[Citing TRAC research].

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