Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Atty. Gen. Gonzales--where are you?

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

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