Gonzalez: Be Nice to Illegal Immigrants


January 11, 2006, 02:40 PM
<Poster's Comment--What is lurking behind the scenes to cause such a statement to be made. I also assume immigration courts are part of the justice department.>


Courts told to be nicer to immigrants
Gonzales calls some immigration judges 'abusive,' orders review

Tuesday, January 10, 2006; Posted: 9:25 p.m. EST (02:25 GMT)

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales says he is concerned that judges aren't treating immigrants respectfully.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Saying judges have been "intemperate or even abusive," Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Tuesday ordered a review of immigration courts and insisted that they improve their treatment of immigrants.

Gonzales did not say what prompted his sharply worded memo. However, aides said internal information and media reports prompted the unusual admonition of employees.

"I have watched with concern the reports of immigration judges who fail to treat aliens appearing before them with appropriate respect and consideration, and who fail to produce the quality of work that I expect from employees of the Department of Justice," Gonzales wrote.

Justice Department officials say critical press reports were one of many factors that prompted the memo. A recent account in The New York Times quoted a federal appeals court ruling that claimed circuit judges continuously had to rebuke immigration judges for their "intemperate and humiliating remarks."

A federal appeals court in Chicago concluded in November that handling of immigration cases had "fallen below the minimum standards of legal justice."

A Justice Department official insisted that such problems represent only a fraction of cases appealed from immigration courts, and Gonzales was quick to emphasize that he wasn't painting all immigration judges with the same brush.

"While I remain convinced that most immigration judges ably and professionally discharge their difficult duties, I believe there are some whose conduct can aptly be described as intemperate or even abusive and whose work must improve," Gonzales said.

The attorney general wrote an almost identical memo to members of the Board of Immigration Appeals, saying he instructed acting Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty and Associate Attorney General Robert McCallum to conduct a comprehensive review of immigration courts.

"I have requested that the review include the quality of work as well as the manner in which it is performed," Gonzales wrote.

Deborah Notkin, president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, commended Gonzales for ordering the review.

Immigration lawyers have had "deep and long-standing concerns about the functioning of the immigration courts and the behavior of the immigration judges," she said in a written statement. "Increasingly, courts are reversing immigration decisions due to seriously flawed immigration judge decisions."

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January 11, 2006, 02:44 PM
I'm happy to see that Alberto is doing what he can to protect the liberties and freedoms that this country has to offer.

Molon Labe
January 11, 2006, 02:52 PM
Anyone who has no respect for our laws does not deserve respect in return.

January 11, 2006, 02:57 PM
when vinny says jump old al asks how high?

January 11, 2006, 03:09 PM
Of all the judicial topics an attorney general could be sensitive about , it's interesting that a person named Gonzales would pick "immigration" as a priority for his attention . :rolleyes:

January 11, 2006, 03:33 PM
The vague use of the work 'immigrants' these days drives me batty.

Immigration judges do deal with legal immigrants (although usually when there is a problem); this article doesn't make it clear if it is judges kicking illegals back home, or dealing with legals who possibly didn't dot an 'I' correctly.

*I* am an immigrant, chasing after a green card for going on 5 years now. I hope I never find myself in front of an immigration judge, but if I do, I hope he read that memo... :)


January 11, 2006, 03:44 PM
It would be interesting to have some details. I hope they emerge. I also hope we're not witnessing the advent of Politikal Korrectness in our court proceedings.

January 11, 2006, 04:01 PM
Read the article again, people.

This isn't about "illegal immigration." It is about the proceedings in a court of law.

Typically, the folks who end up in front of an immigration judge are the ones who are trying to do it legally. Even the coyotes who get caught rarely have a day in court.


Standing Wolf
January 11, 2006, 08:04 PM
The vague use of the work 'immigrants' these days drives me batty.

He who redefines the terms usually wins the argument.

January 11, 2006, 11:26 PM
Alberto "Torture is OK" Gonzalez urges more politeness among immigration judges??


Macbeth might be right after all...

January 11, 2006, 11:30 PM
Look at his name, this surprises people? The day he got the job I knew what the future would hold.

January 11, 2006, 11:33 PM
Judges arent employees of the department of justice and they dont answer to anyone in the executive branch. Alberto can cram it where the sun doesnt shine.

January 12, 2006, 12:23 AM
Something is rattling around in my head telling me Immigration judges are in the DoJ food chain. If it sticks on something I'll post it.

I figured we had a problem with Albert when it was disclosed he was part of the La Raza power structure and that there is no record of him expressing regret over his misspent youth and youthful indiscretions. Until I see him separate himself from his past I'll consider him to be a racist.

January 12, 2006, 02:44 AM
Perhaps he's just Bush's emissary, nothing more. Bush clearly has a soft spot for Mexican immigrants, legal or no, and it wouldn't surprise me at all if this is the result of some spontaneous emotional "spike" by our President. I get the impression Bush operates on feelings much of the time.

January 12, 2006, 09:49 AM
Most of what we read/hear from our government is spin, meant to change the
poor uneducated taxpayer's mind, I believe Mr Fox hired an American PR firm
to push his immigration agenda although I tend to forget where Mr Fox is president.:rolleyes:

January 12, 2006, 11:25 AM
i guess i am the only one to notice his name is "Gonzales" but again that may just be me. and with the tunnel it shows how they have no respect for our laws why should we respect them it is our country tell them to either get used to it or get out

1911 guy
January 12, 2006, 11:38 AM
So they can save the ass-pounding for the 17 year old caught with a joint.

January 12, 2006, 12:41 PM
Closing this one.

1) It's not related to the RKBA and if there's a civil rights application, no one has mentioned it.

2) I'm bloody sick and tired of listening to racist comments on THR. That sort of thing belongs on Stormfront, not here. "He said that because he's Mexican" IS racist -- and useless in terms of debate because it does not address whether the thing itself was right or wrong. If you feel the AG's memo was wrong, you could & should attack the memo itself, not the AG's lineage.


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