According to the National Association of Immigration Judges, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is attempting to institute quotas for immigration judges in order to reduce the huge backlog of 600,000 immigration cases, which essentially turns the judges into assembly line workers. Meanwhile, the American Immigration Lawyers Association states that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is doing its best to undermine immigration judges’ ability to consider cases and issue proper decisions. Immigration advocates also claim that the proposed quotas would force judges to make life-and-death decisions for immigrants under extreme time constraints. In response, a spokesperson for the DOJ indicates that case completion goals or benchmarks are necessary to increase productivity and reduce case backlogs. DOJ documents, however, also indicate that the department intends to establish numeric performance standards for immigration judges, suggesting an emphasis on speed as opposed to due process. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) similarly accused the DOJ of heading down a path that would unfairly place immigrants fighting deportation proceedings at a significant disadvantage. The Trump administration’s attempts to undertake extensive enforcement of immigration laws often has run into the obstacle of laws that protect immigrants’ rights to due process. By changing the focus of immigration judges from issuing lawful decisions in immigration cases to counting the number of cases that they complete, Sessions hopes to eliminate perceived leniency of immigration judges, especially in some jurisdictions. The concern from immigration advocates is that the proposed quota policy would eliminate full legal process for as many immigrants as possible, which would, in turn, allow the government to deport immigrants more quickly. While changes to immigration court policies remains to be seen, Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., has the experience that you need when you are facing deportation charges. We know how to gather the facts that are relevant to your case, assess your options, and determine whether you have any legal defenses that may enable you to avoid deportation and remain in the U.S. Contact the Oakland immigration attorneys at our office today and learn how we potentially can help you and your family through this difficult situation.