Despite Union Bust, Immigration Court Revamp Likely Far Off

Law360 (November 25, 2020, 9:18 PM EST) -- A recent agency ruling dismantling the immigration judges' union has left judges more vulnerable to political influences, but with numerous competing priorities in Washington, proponents still face slim odds in the fight to establish an independent immigration court system.

The Federal Labor Relations Authority's Nov. 2 decision that immigration judges are "management officials" who cannot unionize will strip the union of its bargaining powers after nearly four decades. The union has emerged as a key voice in the fight to free the immigration court system from the executive branch.

Proponents of the movement to establish an independent immigration court system say the...

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