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Voice of San Diego
October 17, 2019

Bureaucratic Tensions Over ‘Remain in Mexico’ Keep Boiling Into Public View
By Maya Srikrishnan

Immigration judges’ authority has been targeted in multiple ways under the Trump administration, even by the Justice Department, which oversees the agency they work for, the Executive Office of Immigration Review. The administration set performance quotas on the judges to try and reduce the immigration court backlog, which reached 1 million nationwide in fiscal year 2019, according to data from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. In San Diego, there are roughly 14,500 pending cases, according to TRAC. Then in August, the Justice Department made moves to potentially decertify the immigration judges’ union.

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