Date AnnouncedMarch 8, 2019
A news report reveals that the EOIR Director sent an email to staff announcing that the rising cost of interpreters could lead the agency to slow the hiring of judges, cancel training, curtail acquisition of new space, and delay technology improvements. Per the report, the Director's email blames the agency's difficulties on a culture of stagnating production during the Obama years, and he claims that the agency needs still more IJs, despite hiring more in the last two fiscal years than in the prior seven. The report also quotes angry appropriators who chastise EOIR for failing to apprise them of the agency's budget situation.
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In April 2017, AG Sessions announced that DOJ is implementing a "streamlined hiring plan" for hiring IJs which "requires just as much vetting as before, but reduces the timeline" in order to reduce backlog in immigration courts.DOJ Press Release: Attorney General Jeff Sessions Delivers Remarks Announcing the Department of Justice’s Renewed Commitment to Criminal Immigration Enforcement