Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday that there are more immigration court judges than ever, a number he intends to see even further increased by the end of the year.
Sessions delivered remarks before 44 new immigration judges assembled at the Virginia headquarters of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), which oversees the immigration court system. The group, Sessions noted, was the largest class of judges in immigration court history.
“I’m honored and excited to welcome the largest class of immigration judges in history—44 new immigration judges. Each of you will play a critical role in our legal system, and I have no doubt that you will be up to the task,” Sessions said.
The new class also means that there are more immigration judges active today than ever before. But there are still more to come, Sessions said Monday, promising a cumulative 50 percent increase in the number of immigration judges by the end of the year.
The reason for this flurry of activity is Sessions’ efforts to curb the overwhelming backlog of immigration court cases. Late last year, President Donald Trump temporarily mobilized hundreds of immigration court judges to help cut the number of cases pending in the backlog. The Department of Justice claimed some success in October, showing that it had addressed 2,700 more cases thanks to the surge. (Read more from “Sessions Promises Further Surge in Immigration Judges” HERE)