Immigration Judges, Attorneys Worry That Sessions’ Quotas Will Cut Into Justice in Clogged Court System

A case takes nearly 900 days to make its way through the backlogged immigration courts of Texas. The national average is about 700 days in a system sagging with nearly 700,000 cases.A new edict from the Trump administration orders judges of the immigration courts to speed it up.Now the pushback begins.Quotas planned for the nation’s 334 immigration judges will just make the backlog worse by increasing appeals and questions about due process, says Ashley Tabaddor, the Los Angeles-based president of the National Association of Immigration Judges.Quotas of 700 cases a year, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, were laid out in a performance plan memo by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. They go into effect October 1.  Continue reading...

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