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The Economist
June 15, 2017

Jeff Sessions is already leaving his mark on America

The DOJ also runs the immigration courts. The new judges Mr Sessions intends to hire will have to materialise quickly if the backlog of cases is to be cut. On current form, calculates TRAC, a valuable data project at Syracuse University, some will not be heard until after Mr Trump’s (first) term ends. The average wait for a hearing in Memphis, says TRAC, is 628 days: astronomical, but lower than the 1,820 days in Chicago. Mr Sessions, moreover, helps to set an official tone which, in Memphis—home to perhaps 30,000 undocumented immigrants—is petrifying.

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