Emory Law Journal


Although scholars have long observed the expansion of presidential control over federal agencies, the conventional narrative has assumed that the White House and its political appointees generally have refrained from interfering in one form of administrative decision-making¿that of agency adjudications. The Trump Administration has cast doubt on that assumption, deploying a series of reforms designed to fundamentally reshape adjudication in our nation¿s immigration courts. This Article evaluates these emerging tools of political influence and develops a normative framework for assessing the legitimacy of presidential control over agency adjudications more generally.