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July 20, 2020

Why US immigration judges are leaving the bench in record numbers
By World Staff

A new report out last week shows a record 35 immigration judges in the US left the bench in the fiscal year that ended June 30. Turnover is the highest since record-keeping began in 1997. Some judges have resigned and some have retired. Their departures come as the US faces an unprecedented backlog of immigration cases, even as the Trump administration has tried to speed up the immigration court process and cut off some categories of immigrants from legal relief. But, according to the report, there has also been an increase in the hiring of new judges. These trends mean immigration cases are increasingly being decided by newer judges with limited experience on the bench.....[Citing TRAC data and research].

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