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10.31.19

IFPTE Requests Hearings on Immigration Court and DOJ Effort to Decertify Immigration Judges' Union

Following up on the letter signed by 80 Members of the House of Representatives asking U.S. Attorney General William Barr to rescind the Department of Justice's petition to decertify the National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ)/ IFPTE Judicial Council 2, IFPTE urged the committees with jurisdiction on these matters in the House to hold hearings.

The IFPTE letter was sent to the chairs and members of the House Judiciary Committee, the Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee, the Oversight and Reform Committee, and the Education and Labor Committee. The letter notes that,

The decertification effort comes at a time when DOJ is implementing extraordinary changes at the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR). On August 25, DOJ merged adjudication and policy-making functions within EOIR's Office of Policy, further crippling judicial independence by allowing EOIR to function as a law enforcement tool. In September, DOJ implemented its Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP) prioritization policies by reassigning Immigration Judges away from their home dockets, increasing the use of video teleconferencing, and directing Judges to hear MPP cases at an unsustainable rate Ė all of which only heightens the due process and judicial efficiency concerns that NAIJ has previously highlighted. Finally, DOJís imposition of performance evaluations that include case completion quotas and deadlines, a policy now entering its second year, creates a fundamental conflict of interest for Immigration Judges.



Additional coverage of NAIJ and the DOJ's attacks on the Immigration Judges' union rights and judicial independence can be found here.



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Read IFPTE's letter requesting hearings on DOJ's decertification effort and the Immigration Court.

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