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Border Report
August 6, 2020

Border city poised to get first-ever immigration court; addition of 100 new judges clears House
By Sandra Sanchez

In 2019, the agency faced a “record” turnover and retirement of 35 immigration judges, the most since records were started to be kept in 1997, according to a recent report by the nonprofit Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, which tracks cases. And there are requirements that each judge clear at least 700 cases per year. The high turnover of judges and hiring of new judge replacements “means more cases are being heard by judges with quite limited experience,” the July 13 TRAC report states. One-third of all current sitting immigration judges were hired since Fiscal 2019; 48% were hired within the last 2.5 years, the report says.

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