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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

IMMIGRATION JUDGES CALL FOR APPOINTING ONE OF THEIR OWN TO RUN EOIR

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From the National Law Journal (subscription required):








A group of immigration judges called for the U.S. attorney general to
appoint one of their own as the next chief immigration judge, to reform
what has been a problem-plagued and overburdened agency for years.


"We have been totally resource-starved and things have been very slow
in coming," said Judge Dana Leigh Marks of San Francisco, who is
president of the National Association of Immigration Judges.


She pointed out that last year 214 immigration judges completed 350,000
cases, in "traffic court" conditions, despite issuing decisions with
consequences that may be tantamount to life or death rulings.


"This is not the time to appoint a chief immigration judge based on
political or bureaucratic connections," Marks said on Tuesday.


Of course, this raises a chicken and egg problem. Are the immigration judges themselves the problem or are the conditions they're in the problem. If the former, appointing one of their own may not be as appealing as having an outside reformer.

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  1. Marinela's Avatar
    Not related to the article above, but why do you think Napolitano wasn't aware of this raid?

    http://www.ktar.com/?nid=45&sid=1092084
  2. D's Avatar
    NO Bush appointed immi judges period..
  3. Another voice's Avatar
    These judges are as partisan as the people that appointed them....
  4. Rob's Avatar
    How about a chief immigration judge who has actually represented PEOPLE in court? Someone with private practice experience? Some courts actually consider that to be a requirement to be a judge, but in Immigration Court you can be a judge even though you have never actually been in a courtroom in your entire career as a lawyer!
  5. d's Avatar
    Greg,

    Are immigration judges appointed for life like any other judges?
  6. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    An immigration judge is not the same as a federal judge in terms of having a lifetime appointment. They are direct employees of the executive branch and can be terminated like any other federal employee.
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