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Still, it is particularly jarring and troubling to see Sessions engage in his Immigration Judge Dredd shtick in front of an audience of brand new immigration judges themselves. Imagine the chilling effect on their decision-making. 15/
As @steve_vladeck noted last month, a key question remains whether federal judges will eventually push back when challenges to what is happening in immigration courts under Sessions make their way into Article III courts. 16/
When the rule of law in immigration adjudication was severely tested under Bush, a number of federal judges did push back. This time, Republicans are rapidly cramming the courts with #TrumpJudges who may well end up faithfully supporting Trump's anti-immigration agenda. 17/
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Oh, and apparently if an immigration judge adheres to due process and procedural regularity, and gives time-intensive cases the time that they require, they're just lazy and insufficiently "professional," failing to remember that their job is "not a 9-to-5 one." 11/
You know what's not "professional," Beauregard? Interfering with the independence and integrity of immigration courts. Immigration judges are not your "mass deportation agents," to borrow @AvidehNILC's characterization of your actions and attitude. 12/
"Cases must be moved to conclusion"—Translation: be "imaginative and "inventive" in finding ways to put people on a deportation conveyor belt as quickly as possible, without regard to the strength and merit of their legal claims or the need for full and fair hearings. 13/
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Oh look, it's another unhinged speech by Beauregard on immigration—this time telling immigration judges that they must bend to his will rather than independently follow the rule of law. 1/…
In the make-believe world of Beauregard, immigration law should be a Trump-like wall but instead is an "earthen dam," with dubious legal claims from crafty immigration lawyers "seeping" through. 2/
Obviously, this is nonsense. Immigration law does not block all people from seeking entry and admission to the United States in a wall-like fashion—to the contrary, many people have valid and perfectly legal claims to entry, admission, and relief from removal. By design. 3/
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To be clear, that's "complicity"—as in, you are complicit, anonymous op-ed writer, in propping up a man who, by *your* description, is "detrimental to the health of the republic." 2/
You signal why you are propping him up very clearly here: like other Republican Party apparatchiks, you think there's gold in them hills for your own political benefit. That's clearly how you see your "first duty" here, not to country. 3/
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There are, of course, political regimes in the world where people who brown nose rulers to obtain greater judicial prestige and power, as Gorsuch and Kavanaugh have done, would fit right into the judiciary as committed loyalists. 7/
Under those kinds of regimes, judges whose loyalty has been assured have often proceeded to play significant roles in further entrenching the power and control of those regimes, and in undermining representative institutions. 8/…
Those situations are not identical to the US, but when a country that has been stably democratic starts to evolve in more authoritarian directions, we should pay close attention even to the more subtle ways in which the judiciary can be manipulated. 9/
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There are other, more substantive concerns to focus on as the Kavanaugh show hearings start today, but I'm particularly struck that to be a Trump Supreme Court nominee is evidently first and foremost to be a sycophantic toady. #TrumpJudges 1/
Neil Gorsuch went out of his way to tell Trump that his speech to Congress, which addressed several matters likely to come before the Supreme Court, was "magnificent"—apparently to reassure Trump of his loyalty when Trump started to worry about that. 2/
In fact, Gorsuch went beyond praising the speech itself to "congratulate" Trump for the "great start" to his presidency—a "start" full of things that already were being challenged in federal court at the time. 3/
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BREAKING: The Senate just confirmed extremist nominee Michael Brennan to a permanent seat on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on a party-line vote.1/
Brennan is the 1st judicial nom that @ChuckGrassley & @SenateMajLdr have pushed to confirm w/out a blue slip. They advanced Brennan's nomination over the strong objections of WI @SenatorBaldwin, breaking Senate tradition & setting a combative precedent.… 2/
Brennan holds alarming views on women's, LGBT, & civil rights that make him #UnfitToJudge in a lifetime appointment on one of the highest courts in the US. #CourtsMatter #TrumpJudges… 3/
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