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George Mason Law Review
April 2010

Case Note: X Misses the Spot: Fernandez V. Keisler and the (MIS) Appropriation of Brand X by the Board of Immigration Appeals
By Darren H. Weiss*

Even more alarming are the numbers for IJ decisions, which the Board reviews. In 2007, the nation's 207 immigration judges who received [*918] a regular caseload n204 decided 328,425 cases,averaging just over six cases per IJ per workday. In 2008, roughly 214 immigration judges regularly received caseloads, n205 completing 339,071 decisions, n206 averaging more than five and-a-half cases per IJ per day. Since the overwhelming majority of Board action consists of summary decisions, n207 it is difficult to imagine that the majority of IJ and subsequent Board decisions are well-reasoned opinions accurately and impartially applying the law. n208 n204 Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Number of Immigration Judges 1998-2009, http://trac.syr.edu/immigration/reports/208/include/payroll.html (last visited Mar. 7, 2010).

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