Advocates Accuse Feds Of Weaponizing Immigration Courts

By Sarah Martinson (December 18, 2019, 9:31 PM EST) -- The Southern Poverty Law Center and five other immigration advocacy groups asked an Oregon federal court Wednesday to stop the Trump administration from using immigration courts as a weapon against migrants and denying migrants a fair chance at obtaining asylum.

The groups alleged that the administration's effort to plow through a backlog of immigration cases by forcing judges to meet yearly decision-making quotas prevents judges from deciding migrants' cases fairly.

Yearly quotas, as well as attempts to expedite family removal proceedings, inhibit judges from giving proper care to application decisions, the groups said.

"Defendants have given immigration judges a direct pecuniary...

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