Immigration Courts Now Limited in Granting Administrative Closure
A.As of May 4th, 2018, DHS has announced that it will end the protection of Honduras. The country*s
On May 17th 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a policy change in immigration courts. According to a Huff Post article, he announced that Immigration Judges would now be limited in granting administrative closure in their cases stating that they were *overstepping* when doing so. Previously, Judges granted administrative closure in removal cases to allow their other immigraton applications to move forward first, essentially putting the removal case on hold. An example of pending case would be if someone had a removal case but was also waiting for their provisional waiver to be approved.
B.Immigrant rights activists fear that Sessions is implementing this policy as a way to ramp up deportations in accordance with the Trump Administration*s efforts leading to loss of eligibility for that application. This comes after a previous change in policy from Sessions that introduced a quota into the courts. The quota requires that immigration judges must hear at least 700 cases in a year to receive a good rating. Currently there is a backlog of approximately 700,000 immigration cases across all states in the US. And with the quota already in place, many believe that this will overwhelm the courts.