Biden Raises Hopes For Flexibility For Immigration Judges

Law360 (January 22, 2021, 8:00 PM EST) -- President Joe Biden's immigration bill proposing a citizenship pathway for undocumented immigrants may provide other unexpected relief, with legal experts telling Law360 that immigration judges may get "groundbreaking" discretionary power after having their authority constrained for decades.

On the day he was sworn into office, Biden sent to Congress a bill that would create a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants and clear work-visa backlogs.

The bill also promised to "protect vulnerable individuals" by providing immigration judges with the discretion to review cases and grant relief. That possibility would be paramount for immigration judges, who have few avenues to provide...

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