Court rules for transparency in heretofore unpublished immigration decisions

A federal appeals court ruled that the Board of Immigration Appeals must publish immigration decisions in a forum accessible to the public. Over 30,000 decisions are made each year, provided to government lawyers and employees but not to immigrants’ lawyers. The Second Circuit stated that the Freedom of Information Act did not support “secret agency law” to limit access to those opposing the government in immigration proceedings. The Board position was to not publish decisions not precedential or binding. (Immigration Impact, February 18, 2021, by Emily Creighton)

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