The director of the office responsible for judicial review of immigration cases says there is now a backlog of more than a million court cases and that there are almost 700,000 delayed deportation actions.
James McHenry, the director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review, which handles immigration cases, said Tuesday that the backlog of active cases is over 692,000 and that the courts have an additional 330,000 cases that have been put into “administrative closure,” but that are still before the courts.
“It would be in addition to those (690,000) cases,” he said at a newsmaker event hosted by the Center for Immigration Studies. “There is the possibility of additional cases,” he added.
Even with hiring new judges, the backlog will take years to clear, he added.
The office has 334 judges around the nation and Congress has authorized a total corps of 484. President Trump has sought a total of 700.
McHenry, named the director by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has moved to hire judges and streamline the process of handling with the backlog. […]
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