EOIR Adds 23 New Judges To Combat Case Backlog

By Tiffany Hu (August 16, 2018, 6:10 PM EDT) -- The Executive Office for Immigration Review announced Thursday that it has appointed 23 new immigration judges, bringing the total count to 351 nationwide, amid the Trump administration's ongoing efforts to reduce the significant backlog of open cases.

The judges, who were sworn in Aug. 10, will now preside over immigration courts in Texas, California, New Mexico, New York, Maryland, Illinois, Louisiana, Ohio, Florida and Virginia, according to the agency. The administration has been working to "streamline" the hiring process for immigration judges, as part of its "common-sense reforms" to the immigration court system, the agency noted.

"Hiring more immigration judges and...

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