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DOJ announces "streamlined" IJ hiring

  1. Original Date Announced

    April 11, 2017

    Attorney General Sessions announces the implementation of a "streamlined hiring plan" for IJs, which is expected to maintain the current level of vetting but will shorten the hiring timeline. This change is meant to reflect "the dire need" to reduce the immigration court backlogs.

    [ID #139]

    DOJ Press Release: Attorney General Jeff Sessions Delivers Remarks Announcing the Department of Justice’s Renewed Commitment to Criminal Immigration Enforcement
  2. Effective Date

    April 11, 2017

Current Status

Fully in Effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Change in Practice
Subject Matter: Hearings and Adjudications
Agencies Affected: EOIR


  • GAO June 2017 Report: Immigration Courts - Actions Needed to Reduce Case Backlog and Address Long-Standing Management and Operational Challenges

    In a June 2017 report, GAO found that "from 2011 to August 2016, EOIR took an average of more than 2 years — 742 days — to hire new immigration judges. According to EOIR officials, this time period included a 3-year hiring freeze from January 2011 through February 2014 that prolonged the hiring process. When we only included hires initiated after the hiring freeze ended in February 2014, we found that EOIR took an average of 647 days to hire an immigration judge." Go to article

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