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The San Diego Union-Tribune
April 4, 2018

New performance Metrics for Immigration Judges Focus on Higher Volume, Speedier Decisions
By Kate Morrissey

Asylum cases in particular can take hours stretched over multiple days to present all of the evidence involved. Judges sometimes prefer to review all the documents involved in the case after the hearing is finished before making a final decision. The new metrics would limit their ability to do that, Tabaddor said. She said judges are committed to reducing the backlog, which now numbers over 680,000 cases, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, which monitors immigration court data. She blamed the backlog on large funding increases for immigration enforcement that were not matched in funding for the courts and administrations reprioritizing cases in judges’ dockets.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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