Press & Interviews


WNYC Story, May 21, 2019: Presiding Under Pressure

Former New York immigration judge Jeffrey Chase said, “All moves made by this administration must be viewed as pieces in a puzzle designed to erode the independence of the immigration judges in order to allow the administration to better control case outcomes to conform with its political goals.”

San Francisco Chronicle, April 24, 2019: Trump’s new attorney general launches fresh changes to immigration courts

“All of these pieces add up to taking away due process and speeding people through to their deportation in some sort of assembly line substitute for justice,” said Jeffrey Chase, a former immigration judge…”

Photo: Olivier Douliery / Abaca Press

Photo: Olivier Douliery / Abaca Press

BuzzFeed NewsBeing An Immigration Judge Was Their Dream.  Under Trump, It Became Untenable.

Jeff Chase, a former immigration judge who…speaks regularly with others who’ve left the bench, was blunt in his characterization...“The fastest growth industry is former immigration judges,” Chase said…”Even if it doesn’t show up on the sheet, just the level of humanity, that makes a huge difference - that’s what this administration is trying to remove from the immigration judge corps,” he said.

Photo: Jessica Kourkounis / Getty Images

Photo: Jessica Kourkounis / Getty Images

Newsweek, Sept. 11, 2018: “Jeff Sessions told new immigration judges to show no sympathy because it does “violence to the rule of law”

“'We possess brains and hearts, not just one or the other,' said Jeffrey Chase, a former immigration judge turned immigration lawyer…’It is sympathy that often spurs legal theories that advance the law in asylum law, civil rights, and criminal law,’ Chase said.”

BuzzFeed News, July 31, 2018: Here’s The Thing About Immigration Court: If the Government Doesn’t Like A Ruling, It Can Get A New Judge

Morley, Chase said, was pushed off of the case “because he had the courage to exercise his independent judgment in the pursuit of a fair result.”