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Trump Justice Department establishes quotas for immigration judges to expedite up deportations

April 4, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Trump Justice Department establishes quotas for immigration judges to expedite up deportations Photo: U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement

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Trump administration officials announced Monday the implementation of quotas placed federal immigration judges in an effort to expedite deportations.

An official with the Justice Department told Fox News” “These performance metrics… are designed to increase productivity and efficiency in the system without compromising due process.”

Meantime, President Trump lamented the sluggishness of the deportation process on Monday night.

“As ridiculous as it sounds, the laws do not easily allow us to send those crossing our Border back where they came from. A whole wasted procedure must take place. Mexico & Canada have tough immigration laws, whereas ours are an Obama joke. ACT CONGRESS,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

The Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review indicated that judges must close 700 cases a year to be given a satisfactory grade. They are currently completing roughly 678 cases per year,

The new request requires judges to complete approximately three a day, and judges with large caseloads can file an internal appeal to waive the requirement.

Critics allege that speed requirements undermine judges’ independence and will cause some cases to be settled too quickly.

The new rules, which go into effect on October 1st, include a host of other standards indicating how much time judges should spend on different types of cases and court motions.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who manages the immigration courts, has repeatedly called for more speed as a rise in deportation arrests has pushed the court backlog over 650,000 cases.

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