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September 27, 2019

Immigration Judges Put Trump Policies in Hot Seat
By Alexandria Jones

Triggering a federal investigation, a union representing more than 400 immigration judges brought formal complaints Friday over fundamental changes they’ve seen in the job under the Trump administration. The complaints come a month after the Justice Department announced a petition to decertify the judges’ union, called the National Association of Immigration Judges, then sent out an email blast that linked to a third-party blog post about the union containing anti-Semitic language. Apart from job culture, the judges have raised flags in recent years about ballooning dockets and case-completion quotas imposed by the Justice Department. Just last week, Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse reported that the backlog of active cases before the Immigration Court clocked in at 1.3 million.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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