Presumed Dangerous: Bond, Representation, and Detention in the Baltimore Immigration Court

Last Updated

October 18, 2019

In January 2017, the University of Maryland Carey School of Law Immigration Clinic, Maryland Immigrant Rights Coalition’s, or MIRC, and CLINIC commenced a bond observation project at the Baltimore Immigration Court with the goal of learning if and how immigration judge practices and decisions evolved under the Trump Administration. This report represents a localized, quantitative perspective on those changes and includes analysis of the first set of these observations, collected from Jan. 24, 2017, to Aug. 21, 2017. The report also includes recommendations to the Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review. These recommendations aim to ensure proper training of immigration judges, uphold due process during bond hearings, allow noncitizens facing gang allegations a reasonable opportunity to examine the evidence against them, establish transparency on bond amounts, and improve the appeal process.