The U.S. Department of Justice has failed to implement most of 22 reforms of the immigration judge system promised two years ago, including establishing a discipline system, more oversight of judges and improving the appeals process, according to a study released last week. Among the study's findings: The DOJ has not issued a final rule to reduce the use of single-judge appellate decisions known as "affirmances without an opinion," which prevent any legal analysis of the holdings on review.
DOJ Falls Short on Promised Immigration Judge Reform, Report Says
The National Law Journal
September 17, 2008