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FILE- In this March 3, 2015 photo, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers escort an arrestee in an apartment building, in the Bronx borough of New York, during a series of early-morning raids. New York City leaders are trying to strike a balance between purging dangerous criminals and protecting some of its roughly 500,000 undocumented immigrants. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Immigration judges are being reshuffled to 12 US cities to expedite deportations


The U.S. Justice Department is in the midst of developing plans to temporarily reassign immigration judges from around the country to 12 cities to expedite up deportations of illegal immigrants who have been charged with crimes, two administration officials told Reuters. Further details like how many judges will be reassigned as well as where they will be deployed is still under review.

The targeted cities are New York; Los Angeles; Miami; New Orleans; San Francisco; Baltimore, Bloomington, Minnesota; El Paso, Texas; Harlingen, Texas; Imperial, California; Omaha, Nebraska and Phoenix, Arizona.

These locations were chosen because they have high populations of illegal immigrants with criminal charges.

Though the immigration courts fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Justice, it was the Department of Homeland Security that asked for the reshuffling. 

The judges' movement comes after an executive order signed by Trump in January in which priority was given to illegal immigrants with pending criminal cases whether they were found guilty or not.

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