Most conservatives are aware of the open floodgates of illegal immigrants coming into the country. Many are not aware that there’s another open floodgate in the legal system itself through which activist judges dismiss deportation cases freely and frequently. Attorney General Jeff Sessions just made a move to change that.
The new guidelines for judges to have “specific and circumscribed” reasons for dismissing case, including an inability to prove the case or exceptional circumstance of need. In other words, judges can’t dismiss deportation cases because they simply want fewer people deported.
When a deportation case is dismissed, it does not grant legal immigration status. The Department of Homeland Security can re-file charges to attempt to spark deportation procedures, but the practice of dismissing cases has often given immigrants time to pursue different avenues of obtaining legal citizenship, according to Reuters.
A group representing immigration lawyers with cases before the Justice Department, the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association, slammed Sessions’s latest decision as the latest move by the attorney general to undermine the independence of judges in the agency.
There is a fine line being drawn here. On one hand, it’s good that fewer deportation cases are dismissed. On the other hand, the judiciary must be trusted to make decisions based on the law. Are there activist judges? Yes. Are there good judges who will be affected by this since now they have to demonstrate their reasons for dismissing cases? Yes.
I’m just glad to see Sessions in the news for doing his job rather than for being attacked by his boss.