Biden Filled His Immigration Court With Trump Hires. Why?
There are certainly a number of reasons to find the Trump administration reprehensible, and be genuinely glad that Donald Trump no longer holds the office of the Presidency. Frankly, I’m sure I’m not alone in getting a sense of satisfaction that he is going to be spending the rest of his life thoroughly convinced that the 2020 election was stolen from him. It’s exactly what the man whose lack of leadership abilities was responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths deserves. That being said, we also owe it to ourselves and the future of the country overall to hold the Biden administration accountable as well, and address problematic decisions coming from his White House.
So, why is Biden’s immigration court packed with Trump hires?
Rebecca Beitsch with The Hill has reported that the Biden’s administration has hired a slate of immigration judges who were originally selected during the Trump era, in a move that has understandably angered activists who already feel as though the administration is not doing enough to reverse the damage from the Trump years. None of the first seventeen picks have made a career of representing migrants in court, and all of them are former prosecutors and counselors from ICE. The article also quoted Paul Schmidt, now an adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law School after serving as an immigration judge for 21 years. He said:
“This is a list I would have expected out of Bill Barr or Jeff Sessions, but they’re not the attorney general anymore. Elections are supposed to have consequences.”
César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, a professor at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law also weighed in, saying the administration has a responsibility to make sure they have the information they need to make this decision, delay the process, or take ownership of these appointments.
Elections are supposed to have consequences…
Of all the reasons for liberals and those on the left to despise Donald Trump’s presidency, his immigration policies were among the top on the list for myself and I’m sure countless other individuals and families across the country. How could it not be, considering his administration literally had a policy of separating children from their mothers at the border as a supposed “deterrent” to keep black and brown families from crossing the border in hopes of building a life here.
What is the defense for this?
Professor Hernandez was correct in stating that if the Biden administration continues to go through with this, then this is their responsibility. No excuses. Either they are too lazy to vet the inexperienced appointments coming from the previous administration that was so widely despised by the vast majority of people who voted for him, or they do not care.
I would argue it’s a little of both.
On a near constant basis, when any honest critiques or obvious shortcomings of Biden are brought forward, it is immediately met with “so you support Trump, then?”, or “would you rather have Trump?”. Well when Biden’s administration is quietly continuing Trump’s policies as is the case with hiring his picks for immigration court, are we supposed to ignore it? Is it not worthy of our attention purely because it’s a Democrat hiring these people? Are all the people who voted for Biden because immigration is one of their top issues supposed to be okay with it because hey, at least it wasn’t technically Donald Trump putting Donald Trump’s picks on the bench.
Politicians do not listen if they are not held accountable. We have long since moved past the point where politics was a team sport, and it was that mindset that has gotten us into this position in the first place. Accountability is not purely for one party and not the other. Biden should be hearing about this every single time he steps in front of the press, and the White House should be flooded with calls from organizers and activists on the ground who witness firsthand how this country’s immigration policies affect people. There is no justifying his administrations decision to move forward with these appointments, and it cannot go ignored.