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Immigration Law

Round Table of Former IJs: Proposed "Security Risk" Rule an "Improper Attempt to Legislate through Rule Making"

Round Table of Former Immigration Judges, Aug. 7, 2020

"Comments in Opposition to Proposed Rulemaking: 85 FR 41201, Security Bars and Processing (DHS and EOIR)

The Round Table of Former Immigration Judges is composed of 46 former Immigration Judges and Appellate Immigration Judges of the Board of Immigration Appeals.  We were appointed and served under both Republican and Democratic administrations.  We have centuries of combined experience adjudicating asylum applications and appeals.  Our members include nationally-respected experts on asylum law; many regularly lecture at law schools and conferences and author articles on the topic.

We view the proposed rule as an improper attempt to legislate through rule making.  The proposed rule is inconsistent with Congressional intent and with our nation’s obligations under international law.  The rule is also overly broad, and as worded, could be applied to virtually anyone.  It requires determinations to be made based on pure speculation by officials lacking any required expertise in the subject.  And the rule fails to consider much lesser, more humane approaches to address the issue. ... "