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Los Angeles Times
April 8, 2011

Immigration: Planning for a courtroom shutdown


A Justice Department spokesman said it would close most of the nationís 59 immigration courts, leaving only those judges in place that review cases involving detained immigrants. And a review board will continue to handle emergency claims for stays from deportations. Any talk of a shutdown is sure to rankle the nationís 275 immigration judges, who already complain of having too many cases and too little time. The number of cases awaiting review by the immigration courts reached an all-time high of 261,083 by September 2010, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a research group affiliated with Syracuse University.


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