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DOJ Seeks Termination of Immigration Judges Union, Further Undermining Court Independence


Last Friday, DOJ petitioned the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) in an effort to strip immigration judges of their right to be represented by a union. AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson called the petition “an effort to suppress the voices of immigration judges, who have denounced DOJ efforts to strip their authority.” House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship Chair Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) criticized the administration’s move to decertify the National Association of Immigration Judges, announcing plans to hold hearings to “develop a foundation for legislation to create an independent immigration court.”

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