DOJ reportedly plans to send fleet of judges to immigration detention centers
The DOJ is reportedly sending 50 judges to immigration detention centers across the U.S. to hear more cases and cut down on the massive backlog of immigration cases.
Sources tell Reuters court will be in session from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Judges will be asked to volunteer for one or two month deployments at detention centers. If the amount of volunteers is inadequate, the department would assign judges, Reuters reported.
Immigration courts have a backlog of more than 550,000 cases, according to the Justice Department.
The judges will be sent to detention centers in Adelanto, Calf., San Diego and Chicago, Reuters reported, citing a letter from the DOJ to judges.
One of President Trump’s first executive orders was to fast-track deportations and detaining illegal immigrants until their cases can be heard, effectively ending the “catch and release policy.”
Trump campaigned on a pledge to get tougher on the 11 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S., while promising to build a wall along the southern U.S. border.