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There's a backlog of immigration cases in the U.S., and judges aren't allowed to talk about them

By Steve Goldstein
Published: Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - 12:56pm
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The court system in the U.S. faces a backlog of immigration-related cases that is estimated to be at least 1.6 million. And there are concerns that the number will grow dramatically if the Title 42 border policy is, in fact, removed later this month.

The backlog also isn’t helped by a shortage of immigration judges. And not only are there not enough judges, those who handle immigration cases have a unique designation of being under the Department of Justice (DOJ), which causes further complications.

Judge Samuel Cole is executive vice president of the National Association of Immigration Judges. 

The Show spoke with him and began the conversation by asking him to explain the complications of the connection of immigration judges with the DOJ.

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