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Courts Held Hostage To Immigration

In response to an overwhelming immigration case backlog in the 2nd Circuit, the DOJ is ordering its lawyers across the country to step in and help clear the 4,000+ immigration appeal backlog in the 2nd Circuit. According to a Washington Post article, the assignments have only just begun but DOJ officials expect hundreds of DOJ attorneys to participate, including many with no experience in immigration law who will receive special training. The crackdown of undocumented immigrants post 9/11 along with affirmance without opinion (AWO) has resulted in the immigration case backlog reaching epidemic levels at the federal appeals level as well. Federal courts now receive 1,200 appeals a month, up from 125 appeals a month. This situation at the federal courts will only get worse, unless our statutes are changed to embrace more legal immigration which our economy desperately needs. The immigration problem requires a two-pronged solution; enforcement alone is not a viable solution. Immigration cases are clogging our nations' court system, impeding justice for all disputes, criminal, trademark, family matters, and all cases in general. The time for legalizing more immigration has come and it cannot happen soon enough to unclog justice in America.

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