Immigration Judges Told To Cram In More Hearings Per Day

A young protester takes part in a march and rally against the separation of immigrant families June 30, 2018 outside the detention facility of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Los Angeles, Californ... A young protester takes part in a march and rally against the separation of immigrant families June 30, 2018 outside the detention facility of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Los Angeles, California. - Thousands of demonstrators, baking in the heat and opposed to the US immigration policy, marched across the country Saturday, June 30, 2018 to protest the separation of families under President Donald Trump's hardline agenda. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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August 24, 2018 9:39 a.m.

Immigration judges have been instructed to hold at least three hearings a day during which they determine if undocumented migrants deserve to stay in America. This intensely cramped schedule, advocates say, will threaten immigrants’ right to due process and speed up deportations, according to a Thursday BuzzFeed News report.

The Department of Justice had already mandated in October that immigration judges must finish 700 cases a year, imposing pressure and forcing judges to choose between giving some immigrants thorough hearings and meeting their quotas.

“If a judge is going to think: ‘let me do [the] right thing and have an eight-hour hearing, or I’ve got my kids’ tuition I have to pay, I’m going to do what they want me to do,’” immigration lawyer Jeffrey Chase told BuzzFeed. “It’s the next step in taking away immigration judges’ independence, making them choose between job security and due process.”

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