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"In too many states, judicial elections are becoming political prizefights where partisans and special interests seek to install judges who will answer to them instead of the law and the Constitution."
--Justice Sandra Day O'Connor


Judge Dana Leigh Marks"It’s a system at its breaking point.”

—Dana L. Marks, president of the National Association of Immigration Judges




Since 2001, the government has cracked down on illegal immigration. Along the way, the ability of courts to protect individual rights has been eroded.

A staggering caseload with inadequate resources has been one result. In Article I immigration courts, where cases are initially heard, judges are facing “traffic court volume with Supreme Court consequences,” as the chairman of the Board of Immigration Appeals put it. A guarantee of fair and impartial court hearings may be at risk.

Victims of overseas persecution have been denied a fair day in American court by a law passed in Congress, called the Real ID Act, and by Justice Department procedures to "streamline" immigration appeals.

America’s immigration court system is close to broken. These courts must be equipped, and empowered, to give meaningful review to legitimate immigration claims.

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