‘A glaring example of how our immigration system is riddled with loopholes and inadequacies that are routinely exploited by illegal aliens…’
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) President Obama’s illegal immigration record appears to be worse than previously thought.
As the Department of Justice stands poised to implement new federal immigration reforms, a recent court filing shows the number of incomplete immigrant removal cases under Obama skyrocketed to unprecedented heights.
According to a legal brief filed by the Immigration Reform Law Institute, in the years of 2008-2018, a time which was almost completely occupied by the Obama administration, the pending removal backlog of illegal immigrants grew by a shocking 368 percent.
In numeric terms, the government should have removed 684,583 illegal immigrants through standard court proceedings, but “final removal orders” were never issued, the brief states.
Equally disturbing, the average number of days required to process a single alien’s case rose during the same period from 430 to 711 – a 165 percent increase.
“The backlog of removal proceedings is a glaring example of how our immigration system is riddled with loopholes and inadequacies that are routinely exploited by illegal aliens to remain in the country,” said Dale L. Wilcox, executive director and general counsel of the the Immigration Reform Law Institute.
The organization details an appalling record of public agency failure, but not without providing some suggested reforms.
“Attorney General Sessions has shown determination to address these problems. Implementing the recommendations in our brief would be a great step forward,” Wilcox said.
The group urges the Department of Justice to replace an over-reliance on “motions of continuance” – which lengthen removal proceedings – with a requirement that undocumented aliens demonstrate a legitimate defense against removal.
It also recommends that current regulations be amended to allow immigration judges to deny second, third and multiple continuances of removal cases.
The effect has been to bottleneck judicial caseloads to unmanageable levels.