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The Eagle
August 15, 2018

Immigration judges are expected to be impartial. But they report to Jeff Sessions.
By Emma Platoff

Immigration judges are not elected or appointed; they apply, like any other civil servant, to the relevant division of the Department of Justice. As civil servants, immigration judges are difficult to outright fire, even if their supervisor doesnít approve of their decisions. And some judges hew closer to the any given presidentís line than others. One judge in El Paso has denied 98.8 percent of the asylum cases heís heard from 2012 to 2017; one in New York denied just 3 percent, according to government data compiled by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.

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