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AILA Doc. No. 13040204 | Dated April 19, 2021
In just four years, the Trump administration implemented radical changes that fundamentally compromised the integrity of the immigration courts and their ability to ensure fairness and impartiality. The administration pressured judges to render decisions at a break-neck pace at the cost of accuracy, while stripping them of their ability to control their dockets. EOIR policies—including hiring practices, docket interference, and attempts to terminate the immigration judges’ union—politicized the immigration courts more than ever before.
Through hundreds of policies, including those listed below, the Attorney General and the Executive Officer for Immigration Review (EOIR) transformed the immigration courts into an enforcement agency rather than a fair and neutral arbiter.
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“Many IJs have inquired about ways that they may register their protest against the imposition of the quotas and deadlines. If you are inclined, you may use the proposed language below in your cover email returning the electronically signed PWP to your ACIJ. Protest Language – “I do not agree that the numerical metrics/quotas constitute an accurate measure of my performance. Nor do I agree that the numbers produced by EOIR are accurate within the designated metric categories.””
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