Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Monday that he plans to increase the number of immigration judges by 50% before the end of the year. The backlog of cases in immigration courts reached 746,049 at the end of August, representing a 38% increase since Pres. Trump took office.
"Counting you along with existing judges, we currently have the most active immigration judges in history. This class puts us at the top, but we are not going to stop there," Sessions told judges at the Executive Office for Immigration Review.
Earlier this year, AG Sessions announced a zero-tolerance policy along the border. Under the policy, the federal government charges every illegal border crosser with illegal entry, forcing illegal border crossers to go before an immigration judge.
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