Jeff Sessions Just Took Balancing Power Away from Judges with New Edict

On Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a directive that ends a common tactic that’s used by federal immigration judges to stop or suspend cases they’re ruling on while waiting for more evidence.

A New York Times report says that Sessions gave a directive stopping the power of all immigration judges to put cases on hold by using administrative cloture, something judges have used before to suspend cases of immigrants waiting for a visa application or possibly the appeal for their criminal conviction.

Jeff Sessions blames the judicial process for letting immigrants who don’t have legal status to stay in the U.S. indefinitely as judges leave cases on pause. Clearly, Sessions is very impatient in his quest to ruin people’s lives.

Immigration judges, Sessions wrote, “do not have the general authority to suspend indefinitely immigration proceedings by administrative closure.”

Putting those cases on hold, according to Sessions, has “effectively resulted in illegal aliens remaining indefinitely in the United States without any formal legal status,” he said.

The move might reopen several hundred thousand cases, but the Times reports that they will likely not reopen cases that are already closed with administrative cloture. Jeff Sessions wrote in his hateful directive that a change like that would overwhelm the Trump administration’s backlogged immigration case system, which slows down Trump’s plans to hurt as many Hispanics as possible by deporting them.

“Requiring recalendaring of all of these cases immediately, however, would likely overwhelm the immigration courts and undercut the efficientadministration of immigration law,” he wrote.

Benjamin Johnson, who is the executive director for the immigration lawyers association, informed the Times that Jeff Sessions’s order would decrease the rights that judges have to make independent decisions.

Due process demands that we maintain an immigration court system with independent judges who have the authority and flexibility to make decisions,” Johnson explained.