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Border Courts Swamped With Felonies

Posted Apr 27, 2007 1:36 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Federal courts along the border with Mexico are swamped with immigration-related felony cases, the Associated Press reports.

Judges in New Mexico had the heaviest caseload, handling 397 felony cases last year compared to the national average of 84 cases.

Chief Judge John M. Roll of the District of Arizona told AP that more judges are needed.

"The need is really dire,” he said. “You cannot keep increasing the number of Border Patrol agents but not increasing the number of judges."

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