Complaints Against Immigration Judges

Complaints Against Immigration Judges

AILA v EOIR, No. 13-cv-00840 (D.D.C. filed June 6, 2013)

STATUS:
Pending

The American Immigration Council and co-counsel Public Citizen filed a lawsuit on behalf of AILA seeking information about complaints alleging immigration judge misconduct. This suit stems from a November 2012 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request AILA submitted to EOIR asking that the agency disclose complaints against immigration judges and records indicating how the agency has resolved those complaints. EOIR failed to release any documents, prompting the filing of the lawsuit in June 2013. In October 2013, the parties agreed to a schedule for the production of documents and briefing in the district court. --To date, EOIR has produced approximately 16,000 records, but redacted certain critical information, including the judges’ names, genders and the cities in which they are based. These records reveal that numerous immigration judges have been accused of biased or abusive treatment of individuals appearing before them. On February 16, 2016,  the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals held oral arguments on whether FOIA Exemption 6 protects the redacted information from disclosure.

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  • On November 13, 2012, American Immigration Council in conjunction with AILA and Public Citizen, submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Justice’s Executive Office...

February 23, 2016

Last Tuesday, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in a case filed by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), which seeks the disclosure of...

February 23, 2016

Last Tuesday, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in a case filed by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), which seeks the disclosure of...

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