Claire Thomas and Safe Passage Project Quoted in New York Law Journal: "Growing Border Crush Adds to Existing Strain in New York"

Safe Passage, July 14, 2014

Growing Border Crush Adds to Existing Strain in New York
Todd Ruger and Mark Hamblett, New York Law Journal
July 14, 2014

The urgent need for immigration judges to handle the flood of over 57,000 unaccompanied children who have crossed the Southern border of the United States since October is adding to the strains on an already swamped immigration system in New York and the rest of the country.
At a time when the nation’s busiest immigration courts have been dealing with unprecedented backlogs that have delayed cases for years, the anticipated relief for those courts in the form of new judgeships is being shaped by the demands of the border crisis.
President Barack Obama wants to hire more immigration judges and lawyers to confront the growing humanitarian crisis on the Southwest border, but his plan would still fall short of meeting the needs of the nation’s overburdened immigration courts…