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DOJ to impose quotas on immigration judges to speed up deportations

Deportation of an illegal immigrant
A security contractor frisks a female immigration detainee in Arizona ahead of a deportation flight. Photo: John Moore / Getty Images

The Justice Department will be implementing a new quota system to federal immigration judges' performance reviews, reports the WSJ, under which judges will be expected to clear 700 cases to receive a "satisfactory" rating.

Why it matters: The new quotas, detailed in a memo sent to immigration judges on Friday, are part of a wider effort to speed up deportation decisions and reduce a hefty backlog of more than 600,000 cases that are pending before the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR).