Especially in the border state of Texas, the topic of immigration is a popular, and oftentimes-divisive one. This summer the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the American Immigration Lawyers Association in regards to the latter’s lawsuit demanding the disclosure of unredacted versions of complaints filed against immigration judges.
Basically, this is what that means: Until this mandate, the US government would not reveal the identities or locations of immigration judges against whom complaints had been made, and moreover, the government did not have to. The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) has long been criticized due to its practices surrounding its internal complaint process. Because the EOIR lacked transparency, and as a result was essentially able to hide information from the public, those negatively and unfairly impacted by immigration court experiences were rendered powerless and helpless in achieving an appeal or resolution.
The court ruled in favor of the public, citing the public interest in these matters trumps the privacy-related interests of those immigration judges. Court records shed more light on this situation as they cite instances of immigration judges ruling based on prejudices, personal opinions, and downright offensive reasons. Immigration hearings, helmed by immigration judges cannot be so secretive and shielded from public knowledge because of how much these cases matter. An individual’s or an entire family’s life depends upon how an immigration judge rules and therefore a more transparent and honest discourse must be readily available.
If you or someone you know has made a complaint against a judge or to the EOIR, this information should be shared. Furthermore, if you or someone you know needs representation in an immigration case, contact The Tellez Law Firm, by phone at (512) 888-9397 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.