The union representing U.S. immigration judges filed a formal grievance against the Justice Department on Wednesday, accusing Attorney General Jeff Sessions of trying to dictate the outcome of deportation cases before a Philadelphia-based judge. DOJ responded by saying the judge himself is now under investigation for possible violations of unspecified “processes and practices.” In its complaint, the National Association of Immigration Judges wrote that Judge Steven Morley had more than 80 cases removed from his docket because he was not finishing deportation cases fast enough. The problems started when Morley tried to provide government officials with more time to find Reynaldo Castro-Tum, a Guatemalan who entered the U.S. illegally in 2014 as a 17-year-old and had missed several immigration court appearances. According to the grievance, Morley argued that the government may have been using an unreliable address to find Castro-Tum, and he decided to close the case to provide the government more time to find him. In a rare move, Sessions intervened in the case directly. Unlike most federal judges, immigration judges fall under the DOJ’s Executive Office of Immigration Review, meaning the attorney general oversees them and has the power to refer cases to himself. More: Jeff Sessions: We don’t want to… Read full this story
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