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The crisis in the immigration courts

"While there are many challenges facing the immigration courts, the main challenges are overwhelming caseloads, a lack of resources, a lack of lawyers representing foreign nationals, and a lack of independence for immigration judges." - American Judicature Society Editorial, Oct. 24,...

Immigration Courts Need an Upgrade

"In considerable measure because immigration judges are not independent, and there are inherent conflicts of interest, federal circuit courts of appeal are flooded with requests for review of immigration cases. Despite legislation passed more than 15 years ago granting it, immigration judges have...

Immigration Judges Pushing for Independence

"Federal immigration judges are urging Congress to liberate them from the Department of Justice, a dramatic bid for independence that could eventually open immigration court records to the public for the first time in US history. As lawmakers debate immigration legislation, the judges have intensified...

The State of Immigration Courts: A View from the Inside

"The problems plaguing the Immigration Court system have been documented for years. ln 1983, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) was created to provide independence and insulation for the immigration courts from the enforcement functions of the Immigration and Naturalization Service...