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The Regulatory Review
February 14, 2019

How Sessions Reshaped America’s Immigration Court System
By Domenic Powell

Before Sessions took office, immigration courts had a serious backlog of pending cases—more than 700,000 as of last June. Now, over one million cases have to be heard, but only 395 judges currently serve nationwide to hear them. According to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, it would take the court system more than five years to work through the current caseload if it did not hear new cases and focused exclusively on the pending ones. Before Sessions’ actions, it would have taken three years, TRAC said in a recent report.

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