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The Sessions Trap on Immigration

Author Tom Jawetz explains how Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the current administration are exploiting a number of weakness in the court system to deport undocumented immigrants.

Over the past month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has laid the perfect trap to speed up the deportation of immigrants in detention. In the sea of terrible things that the Trump administration has done lately on immigration, this trap has gone largely under the radar.

The Sessions Trap eliminates the most basic elements of fairness, and involves three main parts: First, deny unrepresented immigrants in detention access to the most basic legal information they might need to passably represent themselves; second, pressure immigration judges to decide cases as quickly as possible by tying the judges’ performance evaluations to speed rather than quality; and third, encourage immigration judges to deny applications for relief without even holding an evidentiary hearing.

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 (Tom Jawetz)

Tom Jawetz

Senior Fellow