Seems like federal appellate courts are being inconvenienced by a huge immigration caseload. The cases are coming from the Board of Immigration Appeals, a body appointed by the U.S. attorney general.
For example, the San-Francisco based U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals had 965 cases in 2001; in 2004, that number rose to 4,835. It serves California, eight other states, plus two territories.
"Three years ago, immigration cases were 8% of our calendar," 9th Circuit Judge Michael Daly Hawkins said. "Today, as we speak, that percentage is 48%."
So I guess it was a bad idea when the BIA was cut in half, from 23 to 11 members, as a cost-saving measure in 2002.
So what do you have to say about this Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales?
Immigration Pleas Crushing Federal Appellate Courts
L.A. Times - May 2, 2005