Immigration Judges Ask 4th Circ. To Block Muzzling Policy

By Dorothy Atkins (December 17, 2020, 7:00 PM EST) -- An immigration judges' union urged the Fourth Circuit Wednesday to block the Justice Department's prior restraint policy prohibiting them from speaking publicly about immigration, arguing their constitutional claims must be resolved by federal courts and not administratively, and that the claims aren't impacted by the union's collective bargaining status.

In a 34-page brief, the National Association of Immigration Judges slammed the U.S. Department of Justice's argument that the union doesn't have standing to pursue free speech claims on behalf of immigration judges in light of the Federal Labor Relations Authority's recent decision to decertify the union's collective bargaining status. The union...

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