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The System Works as Designed: Immigration Law, Courts and Consequences

March 07, 2024 (1 min read)

Lynn Tramonte, Lauren Hamlett, Isabel Coyle, March 2024

"The U.S. immigration courts have flown under the radar screen for decades. But decisions made by immigration judges have life-altering outcomes. Both the structure of the courts themselves, and the laws they are charged with implementing, were fashioned on a foundation of racism, power imbalance, and coercive control. “The System Works As Designed: Immigration Law, Courts, and Consequences” shows how this quasi-judicial structure—filled with legal landmines and subjective standards open to bias, underpinned by political ideology instead of impartiality—is failing the people they purport to protect. Download the report here; read the Executive Summary here."