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Justice Department Watchdog Reviewing Decision to Keep Immigration Courts Open During Pandemic

CNN reports that the DOJ’s Office of the Inspector General is reviewing the Trump administration’s decision to keep the nation’s immigration courts open while COVID-19 swept through the United States. EOIR came under criticism from immigration judges, attorneys, and ICE prosecutors for proceeding with immigration hearings despite social distancing guidelines and shelter-in-place orders

Senate and House Democrats Request Investigation of Illegal Hiring Allegations at DOJ

Top Senate and House Democrats sent a letter to DOJ’s Inspector General, requesting an investigation into allegations that DOJ has targeted candidates and delayed job offers for immigration judge (IJ) and BIA positions based on the candidates’ perceived political or ideological views. 
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