DOJ making changes to immigration agency

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is making changes to the agency that runs the country’s immigration courts and giving its director authority to weigh in and make appellate rulings. The interim rule announced Friday by the Justice Department faced immediate criticism by the immigration judges’ union and immigration lawyers’ association, who say the Trump administration is trying to exert political sway over immigration court decisions. The rule gives the director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review the ability to issue appellate decisions in cases that haven’t been decided within an allotted timeframe.