Immigration Judges Can't Halt Policy That 'Muzzles' Speech

Law360 (August 7, 2020, 10:57 PM EDT) -- A Virginia federal judge on Thursday shot down the National Association of Immigration Judges' request to pause a Trump administration policy that the organization head claims has "muzzled" immigration judges, finding that the matter belongs in administrative court and the NAIJ hasn't shown it'd be irreparably harmed.

The U.S. Department of Justice policy at the heart of the dispute bars immigration judges from airing their personal views on immigration law, the immigration courts or the agency that oversees them, even if they disclaim their opinions as their own. The Executive Office of Immigration Review enacted the policy in January.

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