Coalition Letter to President Biden on Justice Department Reform of Immigration Courts and Enforcement Priorities

February 1, 2021

The American Immigration Council joined the American Immigration Lawyers Association and other organizations in calling the attention of President Biden to vital reforms to ensure that the Department of Justice (DOJ) effectively implements the administration’s plan to establish fairness and integrity in the immigration courts and the enforcement system. The letter urges DOJ to conduct a review of cases on the immigration court docket to systematically remove those that are not enforcement priorities. The letter also urges the creation of an immigration court system that is independent of the Justice Department. In addition, the letter calls on DOJ and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to announce a commitment to guarantee legal counsel for every person facing removal if they cannot afford it and take immediate steps to expand legal representation programs for vulnerable populations. 

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