The Reuters News Service is reporting that the DOJ is preparing to launch a plan that will see at least 50 federal judges to immigration detention centers around the country. The effort is part of the new crackdown on illegals that President Trump instituted last month and will result in a speeding up of the deportation process for thousands of illegals already in custody.
A spokesperson for the Justice Department said that the move will allow judges to hear more cases and cut down on the massive backlog of immigration cases. The deployments will be on a volunteer basis, but if necessary, the DOJ will assign the judges as required. Court sessions will run from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. two sources told Reuters, and Judges will be asked to volunteer for one or two month deployments.
Currently, the immigration courts are believed to have a backlog of more than 550,000 cases, according to the Justice Department, a number that sources said was simply unacceptable. Such a backlog is not fair to either the citizens of the United States nor is it fair to the persons being held or under threat of deportation. They deserve to have their cases heard in a speedy manner so they can go on with their lives..
Most of the judges are scheduled to initially be sent to major detention centers in Adelanto, Calf., San Diego and Chicago, according to the Reuters report which quoted a letter from the Department of Justice to judges. The move is being done in an effort to help fulfill one of President Trump’s first executive orders. In it, he ordered that all deportations be fast-tracked and that illegal immigrants be detained until their cases can be heard, thus effectively ending the Obama “catch and release policy.”
immigration control and construction of a wall between the United States and Mexico to stop illegals and cut down on drug traffic were two of President Trump’s main campaign pledges. Currently there are an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S., many with criminal records and/or gang connections.