Surety Cos. Say Trump-Era Bond Policy Is Unlawful

By Nicole Rosenthal (May 13, 2022, 4:59 PM EDT) — Immigration court bond servicers asked a California federal court for a second time to toss a Trump-era policy that made appealing bond breach determinations more difficult, claiming that the policy was issued by an unlawfully appointed U.S. Department of Homeland Security official.

After U.S. Magistrate Judge Kandis A. Westmore revived the suit from five surety companies following an amended complaint, the companies told the court that the rule — which mandates a $675 fee for challenging the government’s determinations of breached bonds — needs to go because it was issued by former acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf, who has been found…