Bar Association Calls for Independent Immigration Court System
Last week, the ABA issued a dire warning
The American Bar Association (ABA) issued a dire warning last week that the nation’s system of immigration courts is “irredeemably dysfunctional and on the brink of collapse.”
In a new report, ABA said that since its last report on the subject in 2010, case backlogs have increased drastically, and the system—housed within the Justice Department—is undermined by significant policy changes, political interference, underfunding and possible bias in judicial hiring.
“In the current environment, policies have been put forth that seek to limit access to asylum, counsel, and the courts themselves. There is little regard for the human cost of detention and deportation,” the report, “Reforming the Immigration System,” states. “While enacting policies that more closely adhere to a fair and humane interpretation of the immigration laws could do much to reverse these problems, there is little question that legislation is necessary to return balance and due process to the system.”
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