Featured Issue: America Needs an Independent Immigration Court — AILA Urges Passage of the Real Courts, Rule of Law Act of 2022

On February 3, 2022, Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Hank Johnson (D-GA), introduced the Real Courts, Rule of Law Act of 2022 (H.R. 6577). AILA welcomed the introduction of the bill. Unlike other courts, our nation’s immigration courts are controlled by the Department of Justice — the very same law-enforcement agency that is charged with prosecuting criminal immigration cases in federal courts. This vital piece of legislation would create an immigration court system under Article I of the Constitution, reforming our immigration courts into an independent system that can ensure fair and efficient outcomes.

On May 11, 2022, the House Judiciary Committee marked up the Real Courts, Rule of Law Act of 2022 (H.R. 6577) and passed it out of committee by a vote of 24-12. AILA submitted a statement for the markup, which was originally scheduled for April 6, 2022 but was delayed. Help us push for immigration court reform by using our Advocacy Action Center today to urge Congress to enact the Real Courts, Rule of Law Act of 2022 (H.R. 6577)!

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The Real Courts, Rule of Law Act of 2022 (H.R. 6577)

Resources on the Real Courts, Rule of Law Act of 2022 and Creation of an Independent Court

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 22020256.