Good Law | Bad Law #119 - The Real Immigration Crisis? w/ Paul Schmidt

What is actually happening in our immigration courts? And more importantly, what isn’t?

Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Paul Schmidt, a recently retired U.S. Immigration Judge and an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown law School, to discuss the immigration crisis, specifically the backlog of cases that persists in our immigration courts and the problems these could cause. With an extensive and varied background in immigration – he was general counsel to the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the predecessor of ICE and he worked on the last big federal immigration legislation, all the way back in 1986 – Judge Schmidt joins the show today to talk about the immigration courts and how he fears that a backlog of cases could cause a civil rights disaster.

Judge Schmidt notes that the government shutdown only made matters worse. If Congress and the President fail to reach a compromise in the coming days and weeks, tens of thousands of additional immigration cases will be put on hold, further clogging the system.

Judge Schmidt has an informed perspective on the immigration crisis and he believes that the pile up of cases in our immigration courts is an injustice, a due-process issue, that could have dire consequences. Judge Schmidt explains that this is an “absolute mis-management of the whole system,” and breaks down the real issues that surround this aspect of the immigration crisis.

A crucial problem of the immigration crisis that rarely gets talked about, the issue of the backlog of our immigration courts, is something that absolutely needs more attention. What do you think of the status of our immigration courts? Do you agree with Judge Schmidt? Let us know in the comments below and thanks for listening!


Host: Aaron Freiwald
Guest: Paul Schmidt