The White House just announced the nomination of Loretta Lynch as the new Attorney General. Ms. Lynch has a long history of civil rights victories. However, what will her nomination mean for immigration purposes?
The Attorney General overseas a great deal of the immigration system. The Immigration Court system and the Board of Immigration Appeals are both supervised by the Justice Department, which is directly overseen by the Attorney General. The Attorney General can also overrule the Board of Immigration Appeal’s decision and may sua sponte take over cases in the system for his review.
Several Republican Senators have asked Lynch to weigh in on the immigration debate. Some are even considering this issue a potential road block to her conformation. The problem here is the administration’s reputation for deporting undocumented aliens, a reputation that Ms. Lynch will inherit as the Attorney General. We will have to wait and see if Ms. Lynch would follow Holder’s steps, or if she would draw her own path.
What do you think?