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Pacific Standard
March 27, 2019

Is It Time to Bring the Nation's Immigration Courts Under the Judicial Branch?
By Massoud Hayoun

In another similar measure in May, Sessions stopped the use of administrative closures, in which immigration judges withhold judgment on a case while immigrants make formal petitions for legal status. Administrative closures had helped judges to prioritize their dockets and avoid getting bogged down with lower-urgency cases. Coupled with the administration's unprecedented push to arrest undocumented immigrants with no criminal record, these decisions have made the court's backlog grow nearly 50 percent under the Trump administration, according to the Syracuse University non-profit data research center, Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. In November, there were over 768,000 outstanding cases.

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