Trump's DOJ to impose an 'unprecedented' quota on federal immigration judges: report
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, U.S., March 2, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

The Trump administration is imposing a quota on federal immigration judges, according to Justice Department memos reported on by the Washington Post.


The quota system is billed as a way to “clear a backlog of more than 600,000 cases pending before the Executive Office of Immigration Review," and is part of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ pledge to tighten immigration laws, according to the Post. Judges will have to clear 700 cases per year to receive a "satisfactory" rating on their annual performance reviews.

A union representing the federal immigration judges described the move as “unprecedented.”