United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions finally wielded his granted powers and let the hammer fall on a practice known as “administrative closures” within immigration courts to terminate the fatally flawed catch-and-release authority immigration judges have used and abused for decades. Immigration courts are run by the AG, which allows Sessions the legal authority over the Board of Immigration Appeals and to establish standards, systems, and procedural rules for judges.
And it’s about time
For far too long, immigration judges wiped their docket by “administrative closures” freeing hundreds of thousands of illegals into the underbelly of America, never to appear in court for status determination or deportation. It was an unchecked, depraved practice, allowed to flourish under three past presidents. Shameful.
But that will change as Sessions’ decision will not only aid in the removal of illegal aliens; it will clear backlogged courts of their cases while limiting the authority of judges in granting continuances and asylum to immigrants.
That cacophony of flapping garments permeating the air stems from the black-robed brethren who are finally, albeit discontentedly, supervised.
President Trump campaigned in part to dramatically reform the immigration system that has been left unchaperoned for over three decades. Beyond erecting a wall to deter illegals from Central America, his AG’s new tougher stance inside America’s borders by instituting a streamlined, rapid flow court system may dissuade others from attempting a border breach.
Current practices have allowed an approximate 200,000 immigrants in the last five years alone, many who should have been deported, to remain indefinitely in America, while a reschedule (which never happens) is issued.
Former immigration judge Andrew Arthur, now tells a tale that should have Americans cheering for Sessions’ hardline stance. In a recent interview with Breitbart, Arthur stated, “Far and away, administrative closure was being abused.” He went further pointing the blame at President Obama for encouraging a rush to breach the border and then allowing administrative closures “rather than actually going through that process” and laying culpability with the Obama administration for the backlog of 660,000 cases and an untenable number of illegals flushed into the country.
As you can imagine, Democrats and leftists are wailing their displeasure at Sessions’ show of strength, But no patriotic American should care.
This gem of a flawed argument comes to us from American Immigration Council:
“Administrative closure has long been an uncontroversial management tool used by immigration judges to manage their caseload. It allows a judge to temporarily take a case off the court docket, usually to allow for completion of related proceedings that will impact the outcome of the individual’s removal proceeding. Sessions’ decision largely eliminates this vital tool. Judges now will be forced to keep long-pending cases on their active dockets, contributing to the already massive backlog of immigration cases.”
Now that’s a bunch of hooey.
Sessions’ hammering will speed up this process, deport those who need to go back to their own home country and lessen the burden on tax-paying citizens. And folks, if those sweeping changes aren’t making one giddy with the audacity of hope, well, just add in judge hiring, electronic filing of cases, and permitting hearings to take place via video teleconferencing, and this immigration reform boat is sailing into pleasant waters. Well, unless you are illegally in this country. In that case, you’d better skedaddle.