Each year, the federal government deports thousands of prisoners who enter the Institutional Hearing Program, but it won't reveal critical information about its operations.
The new measure is intended to reduce costs and accelerate proceedings, but even immigration judges are questioning it.
Critics say video hearings are a flawed design of a system seeking deportations.
Far from the border, Chicago's Immigration Court reveals the failings of the nation's asylum system.
The Sixth Amendment does not guarantee representation in immigration court, so immigrants facing deportation rarely have lawyers.
Under a new plan, people who have been in the country for up to two years would be treated as if they just crossed the border—and they could be swiftly deported.
The Department of Justice wants to allow appeals judges to uphold deportations without explaining their reasoning. But the last time that was the practice, the case docket doubled.
U.S. immigration courts face an "existential crisis." The American Bar Association says it has a solution.
The Board of Immigration Appeals failed to respond to FOIAs about their process for issuing stays of removal. A new lawsuit seeks the information that was withheld.
As a result of the shutdown, an estimated 80,000 court hearings will have to be rescheduled.
The administration is failing to meet guarantees on the immigration court backlog and deportations.
The government is reportedly sending undocumented immigrants court summonses with false dates that rights defenders say are designed to skirt a recent Supreme Court ruling.
A group of immigration judges is skeptical about the attorney general's promise to add more to their ranks—part of an apparent attempt to slash a growing backlog of cases.
Essentially, normal assumptions about judicial independence and freedom from political influence do not apply in immigration proceedings.
The administration hasn't been shy about changing the law, but more hidden changes have taken place too.
As of September of 2018, over 350,000 immigration cases had been closed and never re-opened, saving some immigrants from deportation and allowing judges to move through cases more quickly.
A new "zero tolerance" border enforcement policy will launch a crackdown on people crossing the border illegally.
Analysts say the decision breaks the Trump administration's promise to cut the immigration court backlog.