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Immigration Courts’ Independence in Danger, NYC Bar Warns

The New York Bar called out the immigration court backlog and other "conflicts of interest" jeopardizing fair immigration court processes

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Last week, the New York City Bar Association issued a “report on the independence of the Immigration Courts” to highlight concerns about immigration policy changes and “their impact on independence of the immigration court system as well as the due process rights of those who pass through the immigration system.” In particular, they called it an “inherent conflict of interest” to house the body overseeing the immigration courts within the Department of Justice, as the DOJ is tasked with law enforcement. This and other legal and structural changes within the immigration judicial system have restricted public access to certain information, driven up asylum denial rates and the immigration court backlog and kept the system’s failures from independent observers. New York City Bar 

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