Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Justice Department Seeks to Add 150 New Immigration Judges

Official portrait of United States Attorney General Merrick Garland

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Voice of America reports that the U.S. Department of Justice seeks to add immigration judges in hopes of reducing a case backlog.  In its budget proposal for the fiscal year 2024, the department seeks $1.46 billion for the Executive Office for Immigration Review  The request would enable the agency to hire 965 new judicial staff, including 150 new immigration judges,Attorney Ge neral Merrick Garland said in written testimony before a Senate appropriations subcommittee.  He stated that "We are requesting $1.46 billion – a 69.2% increase – for the Executive Office for Immigration Review to hire nearly 1,000 new staff. This includes 150 new immigration judges. These resources will support our efforts to apply the immigration laws justly and efficiently."


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