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The Yale Law Journal
February 11, 2020

The Rise and Fall of Administrative Closure in Immigration Courts
By Elizabeth Montano

In May 2018, despite numerous objections and warnings from immigration judges, practitioners, and advocates, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued his decision in Castro-Tum finding that immigration judges “lack a general authority to administratively close cases,” because no regulation expressly or unambiguously grants such authority. This decision has decreased the efficiency of immigration courts and infringed upon the rights of noncitizens in removal proceedings. Observing these consequences, advocates and practitioners have called for widespread action to rectify the decision.........[Citing TRAC data and reports].

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