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Built to Fail

April 1, 2011
By Mark Metcalf

In this Backgrounder & Report, the author notes that American immigration courts are the heart of a system that nurtures scandal. Their work touches nearly every aspect of America’s immigration system.

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In this Backgrounder & Report, the author notes that American immigration courts are the heart of a system that nurtures scandal. Their work touches nearly every aspect of America’s immigration system. These courts are essential to recruit the bright and talented to American shores, to alleviate persecution, and to secure this nation’s borders and neighborhoods. But they cannot perform their critical work. Deception and disorder rule. These courts have become — in the words of frustrated judges — “play courts.” In reality, they are courts that are built to fail.

 

 

 

 


 

Mark H. Metcalf is a former judge on the immigration court in Miami, Fla. Under President George W. Bush he served in several posts at the Justice and Defense Departments.

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