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Two years after the Trump administration’s attempt to decertify the National Association of Immigration Judges, the Department of Justice has agreed to a settlement with the federal union of more than 500 immigration judges. In 2019, the DOJ sought to regulate the autonomy of immigration judges by setting a precedent that prevented them from controlling their dockets, and limiting situations where they could adjourn a case. Additionally, the DOJ mandated immigration judges meet case quotas, pushing them to complete cases quickly.
In other federal immigration news…
Finally: Border commissioner, confirmed
The U.S. Senate voted 50-47 to confirm the first leader of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office since 2019. Chris Magnus will lead the federal law enforcement agency as commissioner. Magnus, before now, served as police chief of Tucson, Arizona. He assured the Senate Finance Committee that he is committed to ensuring fair and humane treatment for migrants while pursuing a variety of border security solutions. Bloomberg
In Case You Missed It: MPP, Reinstated
On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security officially relaunched the Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as “Remain in Mexico,” which mandates asylum seekers stay south of the U.S. border while their cases are reviewed. MPP was put in place during the Trump administration, and the Biden administration attempted to terminate it. A court order in August citing a technical problem with the Biden administration’s attempt to terminate MPP led to its reinstatement.