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    A Quota System For Immigration Judges? Itís A Mixed Bag

    A Quota System For Immigration Judges? Itís A Mixed Bag

    JAZZ SHAWPosted at 5:11 pm on April 3, 2018





    Weíve heard plenty of complaints about the backlog in our nationís immigration courts, where literally more than half a million cases are awaiting adjudication. This all too often results in situations where ICE detains an illegal alien, schedules them for a deportation hearing and then they wind up roaming the streets for years before any action is taken, assuming they can be found again at all. Now the Trump administration is proposing speeding up the process. The nations roughly 350 immigration judges will be held to a higher standard under this proposal, with a minimum number of cases cleared per year being required in order to achieve a satisfactory rating. (ABC News)

    The Trump administration has introduced production quotas for immigration judges in an effort to reduce enormous court backlogs, raising concern among judges and attorneys that decisions may be unfairly rushed.

    The Justice Departmentís Executive Office for Immigration Review said judges must complete 700 cases a year to earn a satisfactory grade. The standards, which take effect Oct. 1, include six other measures indicating how much time judges should spend on different types of cases and court motions.

    The move, while significant, didnít come as a surprise. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who oversees immigration courts, has sought major changes to the long-clogged courts as a sharp increase in deportation arrests under President Donald Trump has pushed the backlog above 650,000 cases. In December, Sessions wrote judges that performance measures would aid in ďthe efficient and timely completion of cases and motionsĒ while maintaining fairness.


    This idea isnít as black and white as it may appear at first glance. On the one hand, speeding up the process will no doubt have some of us giving a thumbs up. The system is massively bogged down at the moment and obviously, something needs to be done. Processing more cases will begin correcting that situation.

    But while many cases are no doubt similar, some will be unique. If the detained person is claiming that they actually have legal standing to be in the country but have simply lost their paperwork or been the victim of a clerical error, they deserve the chance to prove that and avoid being deported. Certain individuals may qualify for some sort of refugee status and might be able to legally stay. While most will simply need to be deported if they ignored the laws and crossed the border illegally, some small number with a valid claim might be swept up with too large of a broom.

    Thereís also a question of how much of an improvement this will actually be if itís implemented. The DoJ is quoting a figure showing that the immigration judges currently complete an average of 678 cases per year. If all 350 of them speed up to an average of 700 per year, thatís an additional 22 cases each, or 7,700 cases being discharged per year. Considering that weíre looking at a backlog of 650,000 we should be caught up byÖ the year 2102.

    With all that in mind, maybe we need to be looking at some additional measures. Even if we want the judges to improve to 700 cases per year, perhaps we need to have a couple hundred more judges on the job handling these cases? A crazy thought, I know, but somebody had to say it.

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    I'm not a fan of the judges at all. I had a family matter over my kid. On the first day I presented my copy of our separation agreement. The judge insisted that he had to have a certified copy and I would have to pay $70 and take an extra day to get that. On a second day the DA representing my Ex hadn't done the paperwork. The third day the judge insisted I get a lawyer. On the fourth day, my lawyer said he needed a day to get the certified copy of the agreement. The judge said no need. He recessed court for 15 minutes, sent his secretary to the seventh floor to get a copy of the agreement, when he read it, he said the DA had no right to have file against me. Basically what I said to him on my first day. Now he cost me three extra days off work, the extra cost for a lawyer, to come to the same conclusion. It seems it is about giving lawyers work and justify keeping the court open.

    Just like this judge's union, they are about getting more money for less work. Taxpayers aren't getting their money's worth. Typical government dragging its feet.
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