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Immigration Law

Retired IJ: BIA a "Politburo-Like Rubber Stamp"

Philadelphia Inquirer, Mar. 2, 2020

"Philadelphia immigration Judge Charles Honeyman had intended to work a few more years after turning 70, but grew disappointed with what he saw as Trump administration pressures on the courts.  Among his concerns: unrealistic docket demands and quotas to quickly clear cases, a lack of concern for meaningful due process, and the continuing transformation of the immigration appeals bureau into “a Politburo-like rubber stamp.”  “I love what I did,” Honeyman said in an interview, “but at some point I was just not comfortable.”  He retired in January, planning to devote his time to writing, speaking and teaching. But now he’s heading back into the fray, on the other side of the bench, joining the immigration law firm of Solow, Isbell & Palladino LLC, which has offices in Philadelphia, Camden, and Chadds Ford."