Featured Issue: Immigration Courts

The Trump administration has implemented policies that will undermine the independence of immigration judges and weaken due process in the immigration court system. Immigration courts play a key role in affording noncitizens an opportunity to present claims for relief and stay in the United States. The changes adopted by DOJ since last year – including steps to impose numerical quotas on immigration judges and attempts to curtail procedural safeguards – threaten the integrity of the immigration courts.


Congressional Hearings


AILA's Statements and Resources

Listen to a recording of the April 4, 2018, telephonic press briefing on EOIR's new performance metrics for immigration judges



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Speak Out in Support of Due Process

AILA members and advocates are encouraged to use the following advocacy tools to urge Congress to protect due process:


Additional Statements


Government Announcements


Media


FOIA

  • On February 16, 2018, AILA and the American Immigration Council received a partial FOIA response from EOIR that included EOIR's labor agreement with the National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ). Included in this FOIA response was Article 22, which outlines the performance appraisals process for immigration judges. Article 22 was updated by EOIR and NAIJ on November 21, 2017, with an effective date of December 6, 2017.
    • Article 22 was referenced in the EOIR Director's email announcing Immigration Judge Performance Metrics to all immigration judges on March 30, 2018.
      • Article 22.3.h. contains a number of relevant factors when evaluating an immigration judge's performance against these metrics.
      • Article 22.5.d. requires the Agency to give an immigration judge the opportunity to provide input regarding his or her performance prior to rating the judge below satisfactory in any element.
      • Article 22.4.c. requires the Agency to "make available on a routine basis reports necessary for the Judge to assess his or her performance based on any numerical standards imposed by the Agency."

AILA Resolutions

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 13040204.