The union representing immigration judges working for the federal government is speaking out against the firing of at least five judges appointed by former President Donald Trump.
As Breitbart News reported, some of those dismissed judges said they believed the firings were political and that the Biden administration wanted sitting judges who favored amnesty.
The union wrote a letter to the Biden administration and said it was concerned about transparency and what the judges learned about the reasons for their firing. Most judges were fired at the end of a two-year probationary period, during which time they are usually transferred to permanent status.
“The agency’s refusal to provide meaningful comment and explanation of why the judges were not retained contradicts the administration’s position on labor and the value of good employer-employee relations,” says the letter. “Furthermore, the manner in which these judges were treated after being informed of their dismissal was also unprofessional and unsuitable for their position.”
“They deserved better,” the letter said.
The letter also said the dismissals had a knock-on effect on judges’ morale.
Fox News reported on the development:
There are 590 sitting immigration judges, and the DOJ says decisions about career civil servants, which include immigration judges, are based solely on performance, and administration by which they were hired plays no role in the decision-making.
But now the National Immigration Review Association, in a letter to EOIR obtained by Fox, is asking for a review of the actions related to three judges who were recently released “to ensure they have been taken in full compliance with the law and that probationary assessment processes are consistent with fundamental fairness and sound labor relations.
Fox News spoke to an unnamed judge who was released in a conference call that lasted “only a few seconds.”
“It’s demoralizing. It’s traumatic. It’s hard to put one foot in front of the other sometimes since my catastrophic dismissal,” the judge said, adding that the system is “more than dysfunctional, it’s corrupt.”
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