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Trump Admin. Imposes Quotas on Immigration Judges

by Countable | Updated on 4.3.18

What’s the story?

  • The Department of Justice is introducing quotas for immigration judges in an effort to speed up deportations.

  • The DOJ Executive Office for Immigration Review sent a memo to judges, informing them that they must complete 700 cases a year to earn a "satisfactory" grade. Judges will also be required to have less than 15 percent of their decisions overturned on appeal.

What does it matter?

  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the move is necessary to clear a backlog of over 600,000 pending deportation cases.

  • In December, Sessions had written to judges that the quotas and performance standards would assist in the "the efficient and timely completion of cases and motions" while maintaining fairness.

  • Jeremy McKinney, secretary of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, told NPR:

"These unprecedented numeric quotas are so onerous that many judges will rush through cases to protect their own jobs."

  • President Donald Trump tweeted his displeasure over the slow-moving deportation process on Monday evening:

What do you think?

Will imposing quotas speed up the immigration process? Or will they, despite Sessions’ assurances, compromise a fair trial? Are you concerned "judges will rush through cases to protect their own jobs"? Hit Take Action and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

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(Photo Credit: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement)

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  • Sky
    04/03/2018
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    This is ridiculous. Each case should be judged on its own merit, and judges should have the freedom to do their work without pressure no matter what their jurisdiction. I expect my congresspeople to stop rolling over and accepting this Trump nonsense.

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  • Andrew
    04/03/2018
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    Immigration cases should be based on merit. They should not be based on numbers so the trump administration can brag about how many people they deported. I do not support the administration policy requiring judges to meet quotas.

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  • Karen
    04/03/2018
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    I hope our judicial system does its job INDEPENDENTLY of the Executive Branch. Our Founding Fathers set up our Government as a system of checks and balances. This Administration thinks it can do whatever it wants, regardless of the destruction of our Country

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  • Monica
    04/03/2018
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    Wrong,wrong,wrong!

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  • OlderNWiser
    04/04/2018
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    So the dictator attacks democracy once again in his pursuit of bigotry at all costs. Bad immigration rulings cost human lives. I want my country back – the one where we take care of each other, we care about each other, and we are a refuge for all.

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  • Dale
    04/03/2018
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    Trump the Dictator strikes again. He has no respect for the rule of law. It is past time when he should have been impeached and his election was likely rigged.

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  • John
    04/03/2018
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    Justice does not bow to tyrants setting quotas! Remove 45. BAMP!

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  • MinnesotaMom
    04/03/2018
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    This doesn't address any of the real problems, like the fact that people who can't afford representation aren't provided with it, even unaccompanied minor children as young as four. Asking judges to go faster as they deport unaccompanied minors too young to tell them their country of origin or the name of their closest relative, that's really going to help.

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  • Jackie
    04/03/2018
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    No quota for any judges. Must be fair decisions

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  • Gopin2018
    04/03/2018
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    Great idea let’s get it done.

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  • Clay
    04/03/2018
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    My President needs to be removed from office by all and any legal means. What will move this House to action? Our President proves day in and day out that he is unstable and unfit for office. Please save our way of life. Please save our democracy. Impeach Donald Trump now.

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  • Hiro9
    04/03/2018
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    More red meat to xenophobes and haters. What about quotas on jailing white collar criminals, banksters that caused the 2008 crash, realestate money launderers and CEOs/executives that cheat their employees out of their pensions.

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  • Cheryl
    04/03/2018
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    This undermines separation of powers and threatens judicial independence — the bedrocks of our democracy.

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  • Dave
    04/03/2018
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    Never mind the quality or justice, just quantity and distractions is importent!

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  • Beverly
    04/03/2018
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    This is horrendous. Stop this.

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  • Loretta
    04/03/2018
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    OMG ...I just woke up to find our democracy overthrown and we are living under the Trump Dictatorship. He has made us into a police state. For all of you that think this is ok... look at the statistics just because they are here illegally does not mean they are draining our resources more than other groups... in fact they are a resource for our seasonal businesses that can’t be filled by residents...just ask farmers and restaurant owners !

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  • Sosnow
    04/03/2018
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    How is immigration law an Obama era issue? Quotas on immigration have been around since the 19th century. The decision to force immigration judges to hear a quota of cases, however, is asinine. And then to hold them accountable to those cases being overturned because they were mandated to expedite the process!? John Oliver was right, we may as well be using children in the court proceedings.

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  • Gordon
    04/03/2018
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    Fine. Just rule that they all stay. I could have done that done 2 weeks tops.

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  • OldTimer
    04/03/2018
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    Seems to me if they would just do their jobs there wouldn’t be a need for quotas. These quotas seem very liberal to me. The house and senate should both support this.

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  • Matthew
    04/04/2018
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    This is such a disgusting idea BUT I have a better idea HOW ABOUT QUATAS on the Manchurian. We could say only one round of golf a month any extra hole played, he loses $10 million funding for his bigoted wall and into environmental protections per hole; or how about 1 tweet per week, any more tweets $10 million from the ignorant wall and into health care per tweet; for his one tweet he has to use 5 SAT words, otherwise $10 million into education per word and no repeating a word for 6 months; ZERO insults per day, otherwise $10 million of his own money into bullying prevention programs per insult; ZERO minutes watching or appearing Fox News daily or else he has to appear on REAL NEWS STATIONS FOR REAL INTERVIEWS (you know where they ask questions and expect an answer).

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