It would be difficult to tackle the large issue of immigration without running into a number of areas that draw some amount of concern. Various sectors are involved when it comes to the plight of undocumented immigrants. Immigration law groups and other immigrant supporters wage a battle in the hopes of uplifting their conditions. Court cases in particular are fraught with areas of concern that immigrants need to be aware of. One of the more recent issues surrounding court cases involve the records on complaints against immigration judges in the United States. At the center of it all are the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Executive Office for Immigration Review.
In 2013, the American Immigration Lawyers Association filed a request for records on complaints against the Executive Office for Immigration Review. The former asked for records of complaints on immigration judges and documentation on how these cases were resolved. The complaint that the American Immigration Lawyers Association filed also asked for the electronic publication of these records. While the complaint was fairly straightforward, immigration law group took issue with the way that the Executive Office for Immigration Review handled the complaint. While the volume of records that the latter produced in response to the complaint was considerable, the American Immigration Lawyers Association raised concern over redacted portions found in the documents.
In total, the Executive Office for Immigration Review produced 16,000 pages of records on complaints filed against immigration judges. After poring over the files, the American Immigration Lawyers Association found that these records did not include critical identifying information of the judges involved in the complaints. The documents left out the names, work locations, and genders of the judges. In response, the Executive Office for Immigration Review stood by their decision to redact the critical identifying information. In a move that was meant to pacify the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Executive Office for Immigration Review released documents that were deemed nonresponsive to the complaints filed by the former.
Even after this decision was passed, the American Immigration Lawyers Association still took issue with the fact that the information released left out 64 pages worth of information that was previously classified as being nonresponsive. The judge in charge of the case ultimately ruled that the court complied with the immigration group’s request within the scope of its responsibilities and denied them their request for more information.
Cases involving immigrants and detention require the knowledge of a capable team of lawyers. If you or someone you know needs legal counsel regarding immigration issues, please contact the immigration attorneys at Lyttle Law Firm in Austin, Texas by visiting our website or calling us today at 512-215-5225.