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Center for Immigration Studies
September 13, 2018

DOJ Brings on Largest Class of IJs Ever: Another effort to reduce the immigration court backlog
By Andrew R. Arthur

According to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), as of July 2018, U.S. immigration courts had a pending caseload of 746,049 cases. The Department of Justice (DOJ) is taking steps to lower the number of pending cases by hiring a massive number of new immigration judges. On September 10, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions addressed the largest class of new immigration judges ever, 44 in total. This follows up on his promise in April 2017 to hire 125 new immigration judges within two years, and was coupled with a vow to increase the number of immigration judges who had been hearing cases at the beginning of the Trump administration by 50 percent.

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