The Justice Department is requiring judges in the U.S. to complete a certain number of deportation cases every year in an effort to increase deportations.
Immigration judges will be required to clear at least 700 immigration cases per year under a memo that was distributed earlier this week.
Proponents of the memo said that there are too many cases that are put on hold for years that “allow” illegal immigrants to stay in the country for long periods of time.
There are more than 700,000 cases backed up and Attorney General Jeff Sessions is determined to clear them all. Additionally, he is seeking to limit who is protected under asylum.
Opponents of the new quota say that many of these cases are life or death for the immigrants and cannot be rushed in the process.
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