The Trump administration is making changes to the agency that operates the nation's immigration court system, a move immediately denounced by the immigration judges union as a power grab.
The agency is called the Executive Office for Immigration Review and it is an arm of the Justice Department. Under the interim rule announced Friday, the agency's director will have the power to issue appellate decisions in immigration cases that have not been decided within an allotted timeframe. It also creates a new office of policy within EOIR to implement the administration's immigration policies.
The head of the immigration judges' union accused the administration of trying to strip power away from judges and turn the immigration court system into a law enforcement agency.
"In an unprecedented attempt at agency overreach to dismantle the Immigration Court, the Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today published a new interim rule, effective next Monday, which takes steps to dismantle the Immigration Court system," Judge Ashley Tabaddor, president of the National Association of Immigration Judges, said in a statement. "DOJ's action ends any transparency and assurance of independent decision making over individual cases."
The new rule, first reported by the Associated Press, comes after the administration announced an effort to decertify the immigration judges' union. The judges, 440 in total, are employees of the Justice Department and not part of the independent judiciary. The Trump administration has also imposed quotas on judges in an effort to speed up deportations and reduce the backlog of more than 900,000 cases pending in immigration courts.
Tabaddor said the administration is trying to concentrate its power over immigration proceedings.
"The new rule is a wolf in sheep's clothing," Tabaddor said "While couched in bureaucratic language, the impact of this regulation is to substitute the policy directives of a single political appointee over the legal analysis of non-political, independent adjudicators."
The EOIR did not respond to a call for comment.
Again, why change one of the pillars of what the US stand for in order for a minor gain on a current problem? This is pure lip service to a marginal electorate.It's rather easy to have a rule that states that your child is only a US citizen if parents are legal residents. Would it make any difference to immigration, dunno.
Hey, let's stay civil. No need for name-calling.Yes, this one thing must be fake news because you say so. Never mind the mountain of shit you can't deny or defend.
Go back to wherever you were hiding if that is all the parrot can say.
Yes, he said that. Multiple times.
You rage-quit out of this thread and this is what brings you back? A bullshit "fake news" comment because you don't like what is being reported? I guess it sucks when reality doesn't conform to your expectations; some day I hope you realize you were on the wrong side on this one. Your devotion to Trump and GOP is not only misguided, it's delusional. You are rejecting the evidence before your own eyes if it doesn't fit what you want it to be. Trump's policies are failures, from the tax cuts to the trade wars, he hasn't fulfilled a single promise with the results he stated he would deliver. The country is worse off now that it was before, he managed to take the longest period of economic stability since the end of World War II and, despite all expectations, drive us to the brink of recession in only two and a half years.