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AFP, Los Angeles :
US immigration judges say they are under increasing pressure from President Donald Trump's administration to speed up immigrant deportations - or risk removal if they delay.
This pressure is highlighted in the case of a judge in Philadelphia, Steven Morley, who was informed that a case he was handling was reassigned to another court so it could be closed and deportation procedures could begin.
The National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ) filed a grievance on August 8 with the US Department of Justice for what it considers a violation of courtroom authority.
The judge "should be left alone and protected in his ability to handle the case from the beginning," said NAIJ president Ashley Tabaddor, who told AFP she felt she had "a target on my head" for speaking out.
In the United States, immigration courts are part of the executive - not the judicial - branch of government. Judges are appointed by the US attorney general, who is the head of the Department of Justice.
Since the judges are appointed, the attorney general can also fire them. Trump came to office spouting anti-immigrant rhetoric, especially against Mexicans, calling them drug dealers, criminals and "rapists."
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, an early Trump supporter and immigration hardliner, announced this year that he would evaluate these judges based on the number of cases they close - in an overloaded system with hundreds of thousands of open cases.
The NAIJ also filed a complaint over this measure.
"There is anxiety and concern among the judges," Tabaddor told AFP. The judges "feel tremendous pressure to try to do more work faster."
Immigration cases "are not like some product that's being manufactured where you can do everyone in a certain amount of time," said NAIJ president emeritus Dana Leigh Marks.
Some cases involve people seeking to immigrate because their lives are threatened in their home countries.
"We are deeply aware of the fact that the stakes in these cases are incredibly high," she told AFP, adding that the current system amounts to hearing "death penalty cases in a traffic court setting because the volume is so intense."
And those cases take time.
A spokesman for the Justice Department's Executive Office for Immigration Review said action was taken in Judge Morley's case because of "potential violations of processes and practices governed by federal law and EOIR policy," but gave no specifics.
"In any situation where a concern is raised about an immigration judge's conduct, regardless of whether that concern is raised by a representative, third-party group, or following an internal review, EOIR's OCIJ investigates the issue thoroughly and will address it appropriately as the facts warrant.  We look forward to fully vindicating the issues surrounding this matter."
·In Philadelphia, Morley was handling an immigration request from Guatemalan Reynaldo Castro-Tum, who crossed the border into the United States
unaccompanied in 2014 when he was 17 years old.
Castro-Tum was handed over to his brother-in-law living in the United States. Officials used that address to contact him.
The court sent Castro-Tum five citations - but the Guatemalan never showed up.
Morley gave the case an "administrative closure," meaning a pause to make sure that Castro-Tum was actually receiving the court summons.
The letters for Castro-Tum were going to a trailer park community, according to CNN. But it was not known if the family had moved.
Sessions - who in this case can operate unilaterally - overturned Morley's decision, arguing that immigration judges do not have the authority to close cases.
He ordered a new citation, meaning that if Castro-Tum did not show up for a May 31 hearing, he would be deported.
The hearing came, and Castro-Tum was again absent.
Morley agreed to a request by attorney Matthew Archambeault for time to try to find the young man - but soon after received an email from Assistant Chief Immigration Judge Jack Weil informing him that the case had been reassigned because Morley "had been expected to make a decision" on May 31.

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