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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal

Immigration Hanging Judge Allegedly Deports 99.9% of Detained Immigrants

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It has been alleged that an immigration judge assigned to the detained immigration court in the Rolling Plains Regional Detention Center in Haskell, Texas denies 99.9 percent of all applications for relief from deportation. It has been further alleged that the judge has not granted a single individual relief from removal in the first five months of 2015, and only 8 persons were granted relief in almost 5 years.

Immigration lawyer Bryan Johnson of the firm of Amoachi & Johnson has filed a motion for the judge to recuse himself from presiding over his client's case. In the motion he argues that the judge is a political appointee, with no immigration law experience prior to his appointment to the immigration bench, and that his decisions are a product of his Republican ideology.

Here is a redacted copy of the motion:


Redacted recusal from Bryan Johnson

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  1. MPN's Avatar
    Shouldn't have pissed off IJ Nugent. He intimidates the weak to pull out early. I would have liked to see the exhibits attached to the motion.
  2. SheWhoWalksAlone's Avatar
    Great 'American' Judge!
  3. Nolan Rappaport's Avatar
    I wrote decisions at the Board of Immigration Appeals for more than 20 years, reviewed thousands of immigration judge decisions. Although the record attributed to this judge sounds grim, it may not mean what Kolken is suggesting. What has the board done with appeals from his decisions?
  4. Denveratty's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MPN
    Shouldn't have pissed off IJ Nugent. He intimidates the weak to pull out early. I would have liked to see the exhibits attached to the motion.
    I checked with several of the most reputable immigration attorneys in Dallas, and the bar there has a completely different view of this judge. The word is that he is the most liberal and fair judge in Dallas, who regularly grants relief in cases where the law and facts are in favor of the applicant. Sorry to harsh the "bad judge" narrative, but it looks like the attorney who filed the motion was off-base.
  5. DALLASatty's Avatar
    Judge Nugent is a fair Judge by my experience. He definitely does not intimidate members of the bar. The perception of this judge by those who do not regularly appear in Dallas is not something to put much weight on.

    Ask the locals and you will get to the truth. The percentage of cases that he grants relief on is lower largely due to the fact that he handles the detained docket - a docket that has a higher number of respondent's with aggravated felonies. These respondents are rarely eligible for any relief under the law.
  6. Dallas lawyer's Avatar
    Judge Nugent is one of the most honorable and fair judges in the Dallas Immigration Court. I have personally practiced in front of him on multiple occasions and it is always a pleasure to appear in his court. He is knowledgeable in the law and well liked by all of the attorneys that frequently practice in Dallas and that have experience in immigration law. This blog and the motion filed was obviously written by a disgruntled inexperienced attorney that didn't get his way.
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