Day by day, the news for immigrants in this country seems to deteriorate. The current administration has used the last few years to increase deportations and make asylum claims nearly impossible. This week, the National Association of Immigration Judges spoke out against quotas.
Earlier this year, the US Justice Department notified immigration judges that it would begin evaluating their job performance on the basis of how many cases they completed.
What do they consider satisfactory?
700 completed cases annually.
This policy is set to take effect on October 1, but immigration judges are not happy. Ashley Tabaddor, president of the NAIJ, said, “This is an unprecedented act which compromises the integrity of the court.”
She says this is “a new and dark era.”
How can the US government get away with this?
The problem lies in the fact that there is no such thing as normal judicial checks and balances against the executive branch when it comes to immigration.
Immigration judges work for and take orders directly from the US Justice Department. This leads to a system that obscured justice for those seeking a fair justice system for immigrants.
Why The Change?
Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the quota system is being put in place to clear the backlog of around 700,000 pending cases.
At Familia America, we have said it before and we will say it again – the immigration system in this country is not a fair system.
The vast majority of people who make the trek to this country do so because they have no other choice. Often, it is mothers who show up at the border with their children seeking asylum. They fear for their lives in their home country. Many of them have been threatened by local gangs and they want to get their children to a safe place.
Sometimes, the children show up by themselves, fleeing violence that has already claimed the lives of both of their parents.
With the number of deportations reaching record levels and the process for asylum becoming more complicated, the situation is becoming dire.
Now that judges will be forced to speed through cases, inevitably there will be families deported who have every legal right to seek safe harbor in the US.
What You Can Do
If you or a loved one are undocumented or seeking asylum in the US, the best way to ensure a positive result is to seek legal assistance. At Familia America, we understand that coming forward and seeking help can seem scary, but we are here for you. We understand immigration laws and will fight to ensure you are treated fairly. We want you and your family to be safe and we will do everything in our power to make sure you get to stay in this country. When you need an immigration attorney in Salt Lake City, you can contact us by clicking here or calling 801-656-9605 for a consultation.