This will come as no surprise to any of the regular readers of this blog, but to those new to the table, the immigration "court" in Atlanta is a problem.

The Southern Poverty Law Center reports that "Atlanta Immigration Court judges are failing to uphold ethical standards that ensure immigrants receive fair and impartial treatment – failures that warrant an investigation, according to the findings of a project by the Southern Poverty Law Center SPLC and Emory University School of Law."

A letter was forwarded to the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) documenting prejudicial statements, a lack of courtesy and professionalism, a disinterest in proceedings, hostility towards immigrants, a disregard for legal arguments and standards, and a 98% denial rate on asylum applications, among others.

Examples included:

Immigration Judge Jonathan Pelletier responded to a courtroom discussion between attorneys about a point of law by saying, “I won’t listen” – indicating a disregard for the basic principles of law. Nearly all observers of Judge Earle Wilson’s courtroom reported that during hearings he routinely leaned back in his chair, placed his head in his hands and closed his eyes. He held this position for more than 20 minutes as a woman seeking asylum described the murders of her parents and siblings.

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to read the letter.