50 extra immigration judges deployed to detention centers to help tackle backlog

Mar 10, 2017 | Trump Administration

As a Miami immigration lawyer, I read with interest that the US Department of Justice is deploying 50 judges to immigration detention centers to clear a backlog of more than half a million cases. Below are some frequently asked questions.

Why are these judges headed to the immigration detention centers?
The judges will boost President Trump’s push to toughen enforcement of the law on illegal immigration. In January he issued an executive order aiming to speed up deportations and hold migrants in detention centers until their cases can be heard. However, the court system is clogged up and the detention centers are short of space. Mr Trump’s executive order directed the secretary for homeland security to expand capacity and end the policy known as “catch and release”, whereby immigrants held after crossing the border illegally are freed pending court hearings. In response, the Department of Justice has confirmed that a letter was sent requesting the deployment of extra judges. If you have any questions in regard to this, you may want to speak with a Miami immigration lawyer.

What will these extra judges at the detention centers do?
They will work from detention centers to speed up the process of determining whether asylum is granted or deportation orders should be issued. If you have any questions in regard to this, you may want to speak with a Miami immigration attorney.

Don’t judges work from courtrooms?
Currently a small number of such judges work from detention centers but most work from courts around the country. The extra judges will be sent to locations near the Mexican border as well as other states across the US. If you have any questions in regard to this, you may want to speak with a Miami immigration lawyer.

Approximately how many undocumented immigrants live in the United States?
An estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants, many from Mexico, live in the US. If you have any questions in regard to this, you may want to speak with a Miami immigration attorney.

What happened to the revised travel ban that Trump signed earlier on this week?
Hawaii has mounted a legal challenge to the revised travel ban. Since then, five US states have joined Hawaii in a legal challenge against President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban, another key element of his immigration policy. If you have any questions in regard to this, you should speak with a Miami immigration lawyer.

What does the revised travel ban say?
Trump’s new executive order places a 90-day ban on people from six mainly Muslim countries. The ban begins on March 16th, with the White House saying it is “very confident” of winning in court. The revised ban bars new visas for people from Somalia, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya and Yemen. It also temporarily blocks all refugees. If you have any questions in regard to this, you should speak with a Miami immigration lawyer.

If you would like more information on the latest Trump executive order, how to obtain U.S. citizenship, or how to obtain your green card, please contact Miami immigration lawyer The Law Office of Tatiane M. Silva, P.A., Esq. at (305) 895-2500 or visit our website at tmsilvalaw.com.