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Senate Democrats Call on Attorney General to Restore Immigration Judges Union

May 26, 2021

The Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday urged Attorney General Merrick Garland to reverse course on efforts by the Trump administration to bust a union of immigration judges and severely restrict what those judges can say publicly.

In 2019, the Justice Department began a push to decertify the National Association of Immigration Judges, arguing that the judges are management officials and thus ineligible to bargain collectively. In 2000, the Federal Labor Relations Authority concluded that the judges’ duties were entirely “nonsupervisory” in nature, and granted them the right to form a union, and last year an FLRA regional director concluded not enough has changed to overturn that decision.

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