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Immigration judges are expected to be impartial. But they report to Jeff Sessions.

The structure of immigration courts, unique in the federal government, has long been criticized for its potential for conflicts of interest.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks about carrying out President Donald Trump's immigration priorities at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas in Austin on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. 

The Justice Department “stepchild”

Major shifts under Sessions

“The standards which justice demands”

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