/ Modified sep 11, 2018 3 p.m.

Legal Groups Call for Immigration Court to Be Independent

Organizations argue the court should be moved from under the Department of Justice, the government's prosecutorial agency.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was speaking to a group of 44 newly hired immigration judges when he said they needed to "restore the rule of law."

He derided immigration lawyers, saying they were working to skirt immigration laws. He blamed fraud for a backlog of immigration cases.

"The tone and the content of the attorney general’s remarks really underscored once again the importance of needing to move the immigration courts from under the Department of Justice, which is a prosecutorial agency," said Ashley Tabaddor, president of the National Association of Immigration Justices.

The union and other national legal organizations have been arguing to the U.S. Senate that the court should be in its own system, like bankruptcy courts.

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