U.S. immigration judges told to wind up 700 cases a year

Apr 03, 2018, 7:12 AM EDT
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The U.S. Department of Justice has issued new guidelines asking immigration judges to clear at least 700 cases a year, a diktat critics say, could force the courts to rush through the hearings, compromising the due process.

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) said that the judiciary should not be subjected to undue pressure with the new quota system, notes the BBC.

The new guidelines come on the heels of U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration on Twitter that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is “dead,” writes Reuters.

Although 687,000 immigration cases were pending in the U.S. in March, interference in the judicial system is going to create havoc within the courts, says Amiena Khan, executive vice president of the immigration judges’ union.