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August 26, 2019

Justice Department gives official more authority over immigration court decisions
By Geneva Sands

More than 945,000 cases were pending in immigration courts nationwide as of the end of June, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. The Justice Department has faced mounting pressure by the administration to whittle down a massive court backlog. Immigration courts fall under the Justice Department, with Attorney General William Barr able to weigh in on immigration appeals decisions. Under Barr's tenure -- as well as under former Attorney General Jeff Sessions -- the department has issued several rulings that have limited the basis for asylum claims.

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