Tri-Caucus Members Demand DOJ Reverse Suspension of Immigration Legal Services
Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA) led members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, and the Congressional Black Caucus in sending a letter toAttorney General Jeff Sessions seeking an immediate reversal of his decision to suspend the Legal Orientation Program (LOP) and the Immigration Court HelpDesk. Both programs have been shown to save taxpayer dollars and improve efficiencies in the court system. “While you have made statements, and issued memorandums calling on immigration courts to run more effectively and alleviate immigration court backlogs, suspending the LOP Program is in diametric opposition to this desired outcome,” the members wrote. The letter highlights a 2012 study by the Justice Department, which found that in one year the LOP saved the government nearly $18 million and reduced the amount of time needed to complete immigration proceedings by nearly two weeks. They closed the letter by asking Sessions to respond to a series of questions about his decision to suspend the program. Read the full letter here.