Immigration judge recently promoted by the Trump government & # 39; once threatened a two-year-old Guatemalan boy with a dog attack because he would not be silent in court & # 39;
- Judge V. Stuart Couch was accused of misconduct in a 2016 complaint
- Observer said he threatened that a dog would attack a noisy migrating child
- & # 39; I have a very large dog in my office, and if you are not quiet, he will come out and bite you! & # 39; Bank reportedly shouted
- Couch was once a favorite of the left and was named under Obama & # 39; s DOJ
- In recent years he has built up a reputation for a thorough check of asylum applications
- Last month, AG Bill Barr Couch promoted to the Board of Immigration Appeals
An immigration judge recently promoted by the Trump government was previously accused of threatening a migrant boy with a dog attack, was revealed.
Last month Judge V. Stuart Couch was appointed by Attorney General William Bar on the Board of Immigration Appeals, the highest administrative appeals body of the Ministry of Justice for immigration issues.
Couch was first appointed by the Obama administration in 2010 to the Charlotte Immigration Court in North Carolina.
According to a legal misconduct complaint reported by Mother Jones, Couch was president in Charlotte's courtroom in April 2016 when he screamed in anger at a two-year-old Guatemalan boy who did not want to remain silent.
Last month Judge V. Stuart Couch (left and right) was appointed by the Board of Immigration Appeals, the highest administrative appeal body of the Ministry of Justice
& # 39; I have a very large dog in my office, and if you are not quiet, he will come out and bite you! & # 39; Reportedly, Couch cried, while an interpreter translated his comments into Spanish.
& # 39; Do you want me to go get the dog? If you don't stop talking, I'll take the dog outside. Do you want him to bite you? & # 39; Bank reportedly continued to shout at the boy during the hearing.
Couch's remarks were related in a sworn statement by Kathryn Coiner-Collier, an advocate of immigrant rights who was present in court that day.
In her statement, Coiner-Collier states that Couch switched off the recording equipment of the courtroom when he brought out the threat.
The boy's mother and a court interpreter present both refused to confirm or deny the Coiner-Collier report that day when it was reached by Mother Jones.
The Justice Department did not immediately respond to an investigation by DailyMail.com on Tuesday.
Coiner-Collier says that Couch asked her to remove the boy from the court and then apologized when she returned.
I owe you an apology, & she said, Couch said, adding that he knew it wasn't her job to watch over children.
Coiner-Collier paraphrased Couch's following comment as: & # 39; Usually when I threaten children with scary animals, it works. Not with this boy. & # 39;
Couch, a former Marine, previously served as a public prosecutor and was left celebrated for refusing to prosecute a Guantanamo Bay prisoner
Kenneth Schorr, Coiner-Collier's boss at the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy, urged her to write the statement and submitted the complaint to the Department of Justice two weeks after the hearing.
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge Deepali Nadkarni, Couch's superior, replied in a letter to Schorr: & # 39; Judge Couch acknowledged that he had not handled the situation properly and assured me it would not happen again. & # 39;
After the incident in April 2016, the boy's mother had assigned her case to a new judge. The new judge refused them asylum.
The mother appealed and the case is pending before the appeal of which Couch is now a member.
Couch, a former Marine, previously served as a public prosecutor and became known for his refusal to prosecute a Guantanamo Bay prisoner for being tortured in custody.
Bank was praised by the left for an appearance on it Democracy now! in 2013 in which he described the circumstances in Guantanamo and the evidence of forced interrogations.
However, he became known as an administrative immigration judge because of his strict control of asylum applications.
Between 2013 and 2018, the average immigration judge in the country approved about 45% of the asylum applications. Stuart Couch approved 7.9%.
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