As time rolls on, all eyes are on President Trump to see how he cracks down on illegal border crossing just as promised. Some supporters, such as Leah Barkoukis, believe the President has already made significant strides on the issue. Barkoukis points to the fact that eight immigration judges have been reassigned from their ordinary courts to detention centers along the border on March 20th. The judges were sent to the border in an effort to rapidly hear the claims of migrants seeking asylum so that those deemed ineligible could be deported. Out of the eight judges transferred to help tackle potential asylum cases, two have been recalled because of a lack of cases to hear. The number of asylum seekers being held dropped from 1,499 women and children on Jan.14 to 259 in Dilley County, Texas and from 546 to 87 in Karnes County as of March 30th. The two judges in these counties had a combined four cases left to hear after about three weeks stationed at the border. Barkoukis cites President Trump’s gutsy stance on immigration for the recent trends along the border.
There are number of things left out from this report that enables this story to come off as a victory for Trump’s policies. The remaining six judges assigned to the border have had full dockets. Transferring judges from their already packed regular dockets causes frustration and rescheduling in their normal location. It is simply unacceptable to assign these judges to make their judgements on a human being’s right to enter the U.S. based on political matters. They are enforcing the President’s Executive Order on immigration when the court system should be impartial and abiding by due process. There should be an independent immigration court system free from adhering to political quotas.