Mazie Hirono, Kamala Harris, and Kirsten Gillibrand Intro Bill to Insulate Immigration Judges from Political Interference
Senators Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced the Immigration Court Improvement Act -- a bill that would insulate immigration judges from improper political interference or manipulation. The Senators introduced this bill in response to the recent revelations that the Trump administration will impose what they call “unfair, unnecessary, and politically-motivated quotas on immigration judges.” The bill would underscore the judicial nature of the job of immigration judges by requiring, among other things, that the Attorney General supervise them in a way that does not interfere with their independent decision making authority. It would also require that they not be disciplined for good-faith judicial decisions and that their performance appraisals not be measured using any system of completion goals. “At a time when the Trump administration is constantly attacking the rule of law and threatening immigrant communities, immigration judges need new legal protections from the President’s political interference,” Hirono said. Harris continued, “This President has made his lack of respect for the independence of our institutions clear, so we must protect the integrity of our courts from political interference -- interference that flies in the face of due process and fairness for immigrant communities.” More here.