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July 14, 2020

Immigration Judges Leaving in ‘Record’ Numbers: Report
By TCR Staff

A record number of immigration judges quit last year, placing added pressure on a system already burdened by a backlog of over 1.5 million cases, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University. Some 35 judges left the bench in 2019, swelling an exodus that that began in 2016, when President Donald Trump took office. There were 27 immigration judge departures in 2018; and 20 in 2017. While the numbers appear comparatively small, and hiring has increased, nearly one-third of the nation’s immigration courts are currently administered by judges appointed since FY 2019, according to figures based on data obtained by TRAC under the Freedom of Information Act and other sources.

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