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Justice Dept. to impose quotas on immigration judges


by Joseph Earnest April 2, 2018


Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has reportedly set annual quotas for immigration judges for the first time in history, requiring judges to close a certain number of cases per year in an effort to speed up deportation decisions and clear the backlog of cases in immigration courts.


On Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the new protocol, which will go into effect October 1, requires judges to complete 700 cases a year in order to receive a "satisfactory" performance rating. In addition, the new guidelines state that fewer than 15 percent of judges' decisions should be sent back by higher courts. 


Eighty-five percent of removal cases for those who are detained are to be wrapped up within three days of a hearing, while 95 percent of all merits hearings — the final hearings where a decision is made — should be completed on the scheduled hearing date.


"The purpose of implementing these metrics is to encourage efficient and effective case management while preserving immigration judge discretion and due process," James McHenry, director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review, wrote in a Friday email to judges.


There are more than 600,000 pending cases awaiting evaluation by the Executive Office of Immigration Review, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Immigration attorneys claim that the new process could cause judges to expedite cases in favor of deportation, instead of waiting for evidence that could help defendants' cases against being ejected from the country.


Monday night, Trump took to Twitter once more to slam Democrats for allowing "open borders, drugs and crime."

"Honduras, Mexico and many other countries that the US is very generous to, sends many of their people to our country through WEAK IMMIGRATION POLICIES. Caravans are heading here. Must pass tough laws and build the WALL. Democrats allow open borders, drugs and crime!" he tweeted.

Earlier Monday, Trump tweeted, "As ridiculous as it sounds, the laws of our country do not easily allow us to send those crossing our southern border back where they came from. A whole big wasted procedure must take place. Mexico & Canada have tough immigration laws, whereas ours are an Obama joke. ACT CONGRESS." Add Comments >>



Source: Sputnik











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