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April 18, 2018

Attempting to Trim Backlog, Department of Justice Establishes Case Disposition Quotas for Immigration Judges
By Thomas O'Toole

The new job performance standards are just one of several recently announced measures from the U.S. Department of Justice intended to trim the immigration case backlog. In late March, Attorney General Jeff Sessions called for a review of “administrative closures,” possibly re-opening them for quick resolution. Earlier this year, the Justice Department also issued guidelines prioritizing cases involving individuals in custody. According to a study conducted by Syracuse University, the immigration system’s case backlog increased by 11 percent during the last half of 2017, rising to an all-time high of 667,839 cases at year’s end.

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