Quotas Hurt Immig. Judges' Independence, Union Head Says

Law360 (September 24, 2018, 7:35 PM EDT) -- The head of the union representing the nation's immigration judges on Friday urged Congress to support legislation that would make them members of an independent court outside from U.S. Department of Justice oversight, arguing the move is necessary to ensure the rights of the individuals who go before them.

Recent DOJ initiatives such as imposing performance quotas on the judges — who are considered federal employees — are being presented by the Trump administration as ways to bring under control a backlog of more than 700,000 immigration cases, but are really meant to wield influence on the judges, said Judge A....

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