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Immigration Law

Immigration Judges Quitting, Retiring Early Because of Trump

Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times, Jan. 27, 2019

"Immigration Judge Charles Honeyman was nearing retirement, but he vowed not to leave while Donald Trump was president and risk being replaced by an ideologue with an anti-immigration agenda. He pushed back against the administration the best he could. He continued to grant asylum to victims of domestic violence even after the Justice Department said that was not a valid reason to. And he tried to ignore demands to speed through cases without giving them the consideration he believed the law required. But as the pressure from Washington increased, Honeyman started having stomach pains and thinking, “There are a lot of cases I’m going to have to deny that I’ll feel sick over.” This month, after 24 years on the bench, the 70-year-old judge called it quits. Dozens of other judges concerned about their independence have done the same, according to the union that represents them and interviews with several who left."