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Trump-Appointed Immigration Judges Have Become His Robed Enforcers

The system is becoming increasingly stacked against asylum-seekers

Attorney General William Barr and President Donald Trump
Attorney General William Barr and President Donald Trump. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

CCharlotte, North Carolina–based immigration judge V. Stuart Couch was known for his tough demeanor in court. A former Marine pilot and a prosecutor in Guantánamo, he developed a reputation for routinely denying asylum to applicants after he…

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John Washington

John Washington

John Washington is a writer and translator focusing on immigration and criminal justice. His first book on US asylum history/policy is forthcoming from Verso.

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