Immigration Judge Promoted by Trump Threatened 2-Year-Old Migrant Boy With a Dog Attack, Says Report

Originally published by The Daily Beast

An immigration judge recently promoted by the Trump administration allegedly threatened a 2-year-old Guatemalan boy with an attack dog in an attempt to make the kid be quiet in court, according to a report. Mother Jones reports Judge Stuart Couch, who was promoted to the Justice Department’s Board of Immigration Appeals in August, threatened the boy at a hearing in March 2016 in a North Carolina courtroom. Reportedly irritated by the noise the boy was making, Couch is said to have yelled: “I have a very big dog in my office, and if you don’t be quiet, he will come out and bite you! … Want me to go get the dog? If you don’t stop talking, I will bring the dog out. Do you want him to bite you?” According to the report, the Assistant Chief Immigration Judge, Couch’s superior at the time, wrote to a legal advocacy group following its complaints about the incident in June 2016 to say: “Judge Couch acknowledged he did not handle the situation properly and assured me it will not occur again.”

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