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Attys Decry Sessions' New Burdens On Immigration Judges

Law360 (August 17, 2018, 6:53 PM EDT) -- U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a decision Thursday night in a precedential Board of Immigration Appeals case that limits immigration judges’ discretion to pause deportation proceedings, potentially undermining their ability to manage their dockets effectively and hindering immigrants from pursuing benefits to which they are entitled, attorneys said.

Previously, immigration judges could freely issue continuances halting proceedings, usually in cases in which an immigrant was waiting for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to review their petition for benefits. But under Thursday’s decision, immigration judges can...
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