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Wednesday, 26 January 2011 16:40

Border Crisis Creates Crushing Judicial Caseload

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The number of immigration and drug cases along the U.S.-Mexico border has reached such a serious level that the need for federal judges in Texas and other border states is desperate. On Jan. 17, the Houston Chronicle reported that federal officials are now calling it a judicial emergency.

And the Chronicle’s Jan. 22 edition called the situation “a threat to national security that deserves top priority in Washington.”

The enormous caseload, and delays in nominating and confirming judges has created an oppressive burden on border courts. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in an annual report on the judiciary about the “urgent need” to address the problem. “This has created acute difficulties in some judicial districts,” In his report, he accused the White House and Senate of failure to nominate and confirm judges in a timely fashion.  

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