Trump DOJ Loses Push To Bust Up Immigration Judges Union

Law360 (July 31, 2020, 1:44 PM EDT) -- A Federal Labor Relations Authority official on Friday rejected the Trump administration's bid to dismantle the National Association of Immigration Judges, saying a U.S. Department of Justice regulation scaling back oversight of the judges did not make them union-ineligible managers.

A 2000 FLRA decision upholding the fact-finders' organizing rights is still valid despite the DOJ limiting the Board of Immigration Appeals' leeway to overturn immigration judges' decisions, FLRA Washington office head Jessica Bartlett said Friday, citing the judges' continued inability to set policy.

"The IJs may not overturn BIA precedent or create their own precedent," Bartlett said. "That unchanged difference is...

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