An Incremental Change

An Incremental Change

"[Despite the new case review policy,] the immigration courts are still likely to be overwhelmed by deportation cases. The pipeline is fed by programs like Secure Communities, the discredited dragnet that makes every cop a potential immigration agent, empowered to enforce federal immigration laws.  The courts themselves remain an enormous problem. As the American Bar Association reported last year, they have too few judges and too many who are mean and arbitrary. They provide too little due process and scant explanation of their decisions in cases where more than half of threatened deportees represent themselves. Until far-reaching reform increases justice throughout the system, being caught in it will remain for most people an unpredictable, terrifying experience." - New York Times Editorial, Nov. 19, 2011.