National Press Club

President of immigration judges association to address pressures on the courts, Sept. 21

September 19, 2018 | By Jamie Horwitz |

Federal immigration judge Ashley Tabaddor

Federal immigration judge Ashley Tabaddor

Ashley Tabaddor, a federal immigration judge in Los Angeles, who serves as the President of the National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ), will discuss pressures on judges and the federal immigration court system at a National Press Club Headliners news conference at 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21, in the Bloomberg Room.

This Headliners news conference is open to credentialed media and members of the Club free of charge, however registration is required.

Last month, NAIJ filed a formal grievance against the Department of Justice claiming interference with the judicial independence of immigration judges and the due process rights of the parties before the court. Recently, managers who oversee the immigration courts removed 87 cases from the docket of a judge in Philadelphia who questioned the sufficiency of notice given in hearings involving juveniles.

Additionally, Tabaddor will discuss DOJ’s unprecedented step to impose case completion quotas and deadlines on immigration judges as well as the challenges facing a court with a backlog of more than 740,000 cases. Beginning Oct. 1, judges are expected to hear a quota of 700 cases per year or else they can be fired.

This is the first time Judge Tabaddor has held a news conference in Washington. Federal immigration judges are generally barred from speaking out on issues that affect their courts. She will be speaking in her capacity as the president of the NAIJ. NAIJ is an affiliate of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers.