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February 21, 2019

DOJ Internal Memo Mapped Sweeping Immig. Court Changes
By Nicole Narea

The U.S. Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review quietly laid the groundwork for sweeping changes in the immigration court system, introducing performance metrics for immigration judges and eliminating certain docket management tools, in an October 2017 internal memo released by immigrant advocates Thursday. The partially redacted memo obtained by the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the American Immigration Council via a Freedom of Information Act request outlines a five-pronged strategy to reduce the immigration court backlog, which has swelled from about 520,000 to over 820,000 over the course of President Donald Trump's presidency, according to data from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.

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