Today, two leaders of the immigration judges’ union called for the immigration court system to be separated from the Department of Justice. Their concern is that the immigration judges are supposed to be independent arbiters and unbiased triers of fact and law in removal proceedings but their inclusion in the Department of Justice makes this difficult. They are a neutral court within an enforcement arm of the Federal Government.
An example of this is that the Department of Justice has ordered the immigration courts to re-prioritize their dockets to push the undocumented children recently arrived to the front of the line in terms of removal hearings.
The union has also called for more immigration judges to reduce the backlog of over 375,000 pending cases. Because of this backlog, it can take several years to resolve one case.