The Division of Justice has appointed two new immigration judges, each former attorneys for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, to listen to instances on the Otay Mesa Detention Middle.
The appointments double the variety of judges understanding of the detention facility. President Donald Trump referred to as for extra immigration judges to be assigned to work in detention amenities in a January government order.
Olga Attia labored as a authorities lawyer in San Diego immigration courtroom for 20 years earlier than turning into a decide. Catherine Halliday-Roberts equally labored as a authorities lawyer in immigration courts in Los Angeles, Lancaster and San Diego for 15 years.
The judges are a part of a gaggle of eleven who will start listening to instances throughout the nation in July. Their appointments deliver the variety of immigration judges to 326, based on the Government Workplace for Immigration Evaluation, the company within the Division of Justice that hires immigration judges.
The Government Workplace for Immigration Evaluation is at present approved to have as much as 374 judges and has been working to fill these positions due to a backlog of immigration instances that has been growing for years.
U.S. immigration courts had greater than 518,000 pending instances as of September 2016, in line with knowledge from the workplace, with 660 of these instances pending on the Otay Mesa Detention Middle. San Diego’s immigration courtroom had three,750 pending instances, and the detention middle in Imperial had three,554.
The Imperial Detention Facility acquired two new judges in April. Final yr, most instances for detainees within the Imperial facility have been heard by means of video convention by judges understanding of the San Diego courtroom.
San Diego’s immigration courtroom has six judges.
The Otay Mesa Detention Middle is a personal detention facility owned and operated by CoreCivic, previously referred to as Corrections Company of America, and has 1,482 beds. A few of the beds are used to deal with U.S. Marshals Service prisoners, and the remaining are used for immigration instances.
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