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Statement of the American Immigration Lawyers Association Submitted to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security
February 4, 2016

Hearing: “Another surge of illegal immigrants Along the Southwest Border: Is this the Obama Administration’s new normal?”

The Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) should be funded to hire enough judges and staff so it can provide prompt hearings without compromising standards of due process and fairness. With about 470,000 cases in the current EOIR backlog, scheduling delays are a leading reason cases cannot move forward promptly. Under no circumstances should pressure be placed on immigration judges to handle cases at a faster rate by denying legitimate requests for continuances......[Citing TRAC research].

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