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VIDEO: Federal immigration judges present historic numbers

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Two federal judges presented a stark picture of the workload facing immigration judges across the country at the National Press Club on Wednesday.

"There are only 227 field immigration judges located around the country handling a docket which currently exceeds 375,000 pending cases," said Judge Dana Leigh Marks, president of the National Association of Immigration Judges.

The burden of the overwhelming amount of work is worrisome to Marks.

"That pressure often takes a personal toll on the immigration judges," said Marks. She's worried it'll turn into a "tsunami of retirements of immigration judges."

Marks suggested making immigration courts independent because right now, she said, "the immigration courts of the forgotten step-child of the U.S. Department of Justice."

Marks said that kind of immigration reform would be positive to everyone from every political spectrum.

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