The Washington Post reports that the imminent sequester will result in a loss of $15 million of funding to immigration Courts, which will trigger a hiring freeze on all "key critical positions" including new immigration judges. Also on the chopping block: interpreters, legal support and I.T. staff.
Attorney General Eric Holder stated that the hiring freeze will result in a 6% increase of backlogged removal hearings bringing the number to 350,000. On average it takes approximately 550 days to bring an immigration court case from institution to completion. Expect that number to increase as well.
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Matthew Kolken is a trial lawyer with experience in all aspects of United States Immigration Law including Immigration Courts throughout the United States, and appellate practice before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the U.S. District Courts, and U.S. Courts of Appeals. He is admitted to practice in the courts of the State of New York , the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).