Sessions Limits How Immigration Judges Can Close Cases

Law360 (May 18, 2018, 4:50 PM EDT) -- U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday ordered that immigration judges may not close administrative proceedings in immigration cases without issuing decisions on the matters, ending a tool that had been used during an era of expanding dockets in part to focus limited judicial resources on cases deemed more pressing.

Sessions barred the judges and the Board of Immigration Appeals from using "administrative closures," which allow some individuals suspected of being in the U.S. without authorization to remain in the country in a quasi-legal limbo as their petitions are ostensibly reviewed.

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