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The Desert Sun
October 12, 2016

Feds spend $300K on immigration court; hasn't had sitting judge in nearly 2 years
By Gustavo Solis


The federal government is spending $300,000 a year on an immigration court that hasnít had a sitting judge since January 2015. Imperial Immigration Court is the only immigration court in the country without a sitting judge. It's been nearly two years since a hearing has taken place in any of the courthouse's three courtrooms, and until a new judge is appointed, they will sit empty. In the last four years, the court has seen its backlog increase from 786 cases in 2013 to 3,169 cases in 2016. The number of completed cases has shrunk from 408 in 2013 to 207 projected for 2016, according to Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.


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