“Queen of the hill”: the obscure House rule that could force the House to take up immigration bills
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“Queen of the hill”: the obscure House rule that could force the House to take up immigration bills

There are still a few Republicans in Congress who are interested in addressing the status of the 690,000 or so young unauthorized immigrants facing the loss of their temporary deportation protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. And they’re beginning to turn up the pressure on House Republican leadership to bring a bill to the floor. Continue reading

Swift Injustice
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Swift Injustice

Immigration judges have much larger caseloads than federal district court judges, who operate under very different rules. Still, our research on incentives for federal district court judges suggests that performance-based metrics are inadvisable. When judges are incentivized to work quickly, they are more likely to make errors. This is true even for district court judges with life tenure, whose only penalty for moving slowly is looking bad in front of their peers. If immigration judges’ jobs or promotions are on the line, demanding faster results will likely cause their decisions to suffer even more. Continue reading

Immigrant Detainees Claim They Were Forced to Clean Bathrooms to Pay for Their Own Toilet Paper
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Immigrant Detainees Claim They Were Forced to Clean Bathrooms to Pay for Their Own Toilet Paper

The Stewart Detention Center in rural Georgia has been called “the black hole of America’s immigration system” for overusing solitary confinement, cutting cornerson mental health care, and deporting asylum seekers at extraordinary rates. Now it can add one more alleged human rights violation to the list: According to a complaint filed in federal court Tuesday, the private-prison company that operates the facility forced detainees to virtually run their own jail for little pay—using threats and depriving them of basic toiletries to do so. Continue reading