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The Washington Post states that the dysfunction of U.S. immigration courts is due to a “crushing caseload,” and explains that their workloads—on average more than 700 cases annually—are twice what federal district court judges face. “Under those circumstances, due process … is a fading ideal.” The editorial also notes that wild disparities in outcomes and legal standards plague the nation’s 58 immigration courts.  The immigration court backlog, which has doubled in the past six years, now exceeds half a million cases ; thousands more are added each month. Immigration judges, who number just 300, schedule hearings two or three years in the future, or even more in some venues.  Read this story…

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