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May 28, 2007

Immigration judges lack apt backgrounds

growing number of the jurists have little or no experience in that area of law. Some have strong Republican resumes.
By Richard B. Schmitt
L.A. Times Staff Writer

May 26, 2007

WASHINGTON — Over the last two years, U.S. Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales has appointed more than two dozen individuals as federal immigration judges.

The new jurists include a former treasurer of the Louisiana Republican Party, who was a legal advisor to the Bush Florida recount team after the 2000 presidential election. There is also a former GOP congressional aide who had tracked voter fraud issues for the Justice Department, and a Texan appointed by then-Gov. George W. Bush to a seat on the state library commission.

One thing missing on many of their resumes: a background in immigration law.

These lawyers are among a growing number of the nation's more than 200 immigration judges who have little or no experience in the law they were appointed to enforce...".


Posted by VisaLawyer at May 28, 2007 01:14 PM


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