James McHenry, acting director of the Justice Department's Executive Office for Immigration Review, said the Trump administration would have to double the number of immigration judges to make a dent in the record-high number of pending cases.
"We've run several estimations and we've asked for additional judges," he told the House Judiciary subcommittee on immigration and border security Wednesday. "I think up to a total of 700 is where it starts to turn around."
Currently, EOIR employs 336 immigration judges nationwide and is allowed up to 384 judges.
"The next budget request brings it up to 449. The president has outlined a policy that would add 370, that gets to approximately 700," McHenry said.
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