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June 15, 2018

This Is How Immigration Has Actually Changed Under Trump
By Hayes Brown and Adolfo Flores

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University found that the immigration court backlog has reached an all-time high of 714,067 cases. When Trump took office, the backlog was at 542,411. The Trump administration has opted to add more judges to the courts, which both sides of the debate agree is a positive step. But judges and activists were less happy about new Department of Justice policy in April that instituted quotas on the courts, pushing judges to hear 700 cases a year with a 15% appeal rate. The new quota means that "asylum cases that often have hundreds of pages of supporting documents, hours of testimony, deliberation, the time to make a decision ... all of that is allotted about two-and-a-half hours,” Ashley Tabaddor, president of the National Association of Immigration Judges, told Roll Call. “Clearly, this is not justice.”

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