The need for immigration court reform is urgent and overdue. Biased comments from judges, limitations on evidence considered, and other violations of due process create an environment in which immigrants cannot receive a fair and just hearing. A recent complaint (covered in this month’s Media Report) has called the operations of an El Paso court into question. Moreover, the overwhelming backlog of cases—close to 900,000—means immigrants must wait months or years for their cases to be heard.
We must call on Congress to address these systemic problems, and urge U.S. lawmakers to require transparency and accountability in immigration court proceedings. The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has organized an action alert for court reform. You can find more information from AILA, and join the KBI in promoting immigrant due process rights here: https://ww.aila.org/takeaction#/. Thank you for your advocacy!