Trump and Sessions turning back on victims of domestic violence and abuse by Timothy Bakken


In another attempt to restrict immigration, the current administration is considering ways to remove domestic violence and sexual abuse as qualifying grounds for asylum applicants. Instead of considering victims of domestic violence and abuse as potentially worthy of protection in the United States, Attorney General Sessions has implied that such claims are often fake and a significant factor in the huge docket backlogs in immigration courts.This is an issue of basic human rights and if Sessions has his way, the result will be less and less due process for vulnerable people.

Timothy R. Bakken

Immigration Judge Criticizes Quotas by Timothy Bakken


In this commentary, an immigration judge explains how the judge quotas proposed by the Department of Justice is a terrible idea because it will strip them of their ability to be fair and impartial judges simply because they will not have the time to give due process to each case. She argues that they will no longer be judged on the work they do, but rather the number of cases they see, which is the wrong way to look at law, especially when people's lives are at stake.

Immigration Judge Case Quota Threatens Due Process by Timothy Bakken


Last Friday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a new policy for immigration courts that requires judges to go through more cases in a day than they are currently. The new quota requiring judges to complete 700 cases a year is a direct threat to due process and fundamental fairness because immigrants facing deportation, including those seeking asylum in the immigration courts, will have less time to get a lawyer and immigration judges will be unnecessarily rushed in the consideration and adjudication of each case. This is clearly a violation of due process. Read more here

ICE's New Tool? Facebook. by Timothy Bakken

After the recent security breach involving Cambridge Analytica, many Facebook users are on heightened alert, and for good reason. As it turns out, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), has been using Facebook for years to find incriminating evidence against immigrants. Not only are they using backend, protected Facebook data, but also public photos that ICE believes are even slightly incriminating. It is more important than ever to be aware of what is being shared on social media, not only for safety and professionalism, but in the case of non-U.S. citizens to prevent being placed in deportation proceedings. Read more here


Trump making things difficult for U.S. businesses by Timothy Bakken


Without changing existing law, Trump and the CIS are adding bureaucratic obstacles to the employment-based immigration process designed to discourage U.S. businesses from hiring foreign workers. It’s ironic that Trump and many Republicans who pretend to support U.S. business and economic efficiency would impose more and more red-tape bureaucratic hurdles and delays to the legal immigration process. Click here to read the full article. 

Timothy R. Bakken