Trump has Attacked Federal Unions; Now, For the First Time, He’s Trying to Bust One

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President Trump and Attorney General William Barr depart after delivering remarks on citizenship and the census in July 2019 at the White House. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

Reprinted from The Washington Post by Joe Davidson  on January 18, 2020.

President Trump is escalating his attacks on federal unions to a new level.

For the first time, the Trump administration is seeking to bust a union, the National Association of Immigration Judges, by declaring that its members are managers ineligible for labor organization membership. It’s tantamount to decertification.

A possible change in the judges’ status from staffers to managers raises another issue beyond union membership: Should judges be part of the Justice Department, the law enforcement agency whose cases the judges consider?

Making immigration judges part of the department’s management could politicize their role during a period when Trump’s aggressive immigration practices are among his more controversial policies. …

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