National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ)

Voluntary organization of US Immigration Judges that seeks to improve the Immigration Courts, trial-level tribunals where removal proceedings initiated by Homeland Security are conducted.
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Primary geographic focus: NATIONAL
Organization type(s): National Association
Acronym or short name: NAIJ
Tags: Courts, Immigration Process

The National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ) is a voluntary organization of United States Immigration Judges. Our mission is to promote independence and enhance the professionalism, dignity, and efficiency of the Immigration Courts, which are the trial-level tribunals where removal proceedings initiated by the Department of Homeland Security are conducted. We work to improve our court system through educating the public, legal community and media, testimony at congressional oversight hearings, and advocating and lobbying for immigration court reform.


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Shutdown Delays Leave Immigrants In Extended Legal Limbo

Cara Bayles
January 27, 2019
Unlike federal district court, immigration court falls under the purview of the U.S. Department of Justice and has been subject to partial closures due to the government shutdown that began in December.

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Immigration Courts Bracing for Influx of Youth Migrants

Rick Jervis
USA Today
July 20, 2014
As of the end of June 2014, the 59 immigration courts across the USA, run by 243 judges, had a record backlog of 375,503 pending cases. Wait times for hearings are averaging about a year-and-a-half.

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