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GETTING TO KNOW THE EVER-EVOLVING LASALLE IMMIGRATION COURT: 10 THINGS

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Like the Memphis Immigration Court, the LaSalle Immigration Court is not an independent arbiter of the law.  Instead, it is an administrative law court.  It is the sub-agency of another agency tasked with enforcing the laws as that agency sees fit.

In this case, it is the local office of the Office of the Chief Immigration Judge, a sub-agency of the Executive Office for Immigration Review, a sub-agency of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Practically speaking, what this means is the immigration judges are not judges at all.  Rather, they are attorney employees of the U.S. Department of Justice and they have to do whatever the Attorney General, currently everyone's least-favorite Southern caricature, Jeff Sessions, tells them to do.

Looking specifically at the LaSalle court, this agency's sole purpose is to adjudicate the removal proceedings of detained immigrants.  Individuals who have been detained from all over the mid-South, particularly Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tenn…