AILA Urges Immigration System Overhaul

Law360 (April 15, 2021, 5:58 PM EDT) -- The American Immigration Lawyers Association released a document Wednesday urging Congress to overhaul the U.S. immigration system, including by ensuring that the immigration courts — currently a function of the U.S. Department of Justice — are spun off into their own independent agency.

In a report, the AILA, which represents more than 15,000 immigration attorneys, said Congress should act to make the immigration system fairer and more efficient. It said lawmakers must "rehabilitate and reform" the immigration courts to ensure that outcomes are not manipulated by political appointees.

"America needs a just and efficient immigration judicial system not just to ensure...

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