McConnell: We need more immigration judges

McConnell: We need more immigration judges
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellWashington showing signs of normalcy after year of restrictions Former OMB pick Neera Tanden to serve as senior adviser to Biden Lawmakers reach agreement on bipartisan Jan. 6 commission MORE (R-Ky.) said on Wednesday that more federal judges are needed to help with immigration cases.

"I think we have to follow the law, and I think we clearly do need some more judges," McConnell said during a Politico Playbook event when asked about President TrumpDonald TrumpSunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans Navajo Nation president on Arizona's new voting restrictions: An 'assault' on our rights The Memo: Lawmakers on edge after Greene's spat with Ocasio-Cortez MORE's suggestion that illegal immigrants be removed without going through the judicial process for deportation.


Trump has repeatedly criticized proposals that would increase the number of immigration judges as part of narrow legislation to deal with immigrant families detained after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

He tweeted on Sunday that "when somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came."

Trump's call to eliminate due process from deportation cases has drawn fire from critics and immigration advocates.

During a White House meeting with GOP lawmakers on Tuesday, he suggested that more judges would lead to corruption.

"Somebody touches our land, we now take them to a court, to a judge. ...They want us to choose 5,000 judges. How do you choose 5,000 judges? Can you imagine the corruption, just from a normal standpoint? Just common sense. Can you imagine the corruption?" Trump said during the meeting.

A GOP measure from Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFormer OMB pick Neera Tanden to serve as senior adviser to Biden Seth Rogen says he's not in a feud with 'fascist' Ted Cruz, whose 'words caused people to die' GOP votes to replace Cheney with Stefanik after backing from Trump MORE (Texas) would increase the number of immigration judges from roughly 375 to 750. A separate bill, spearheaded by Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisSenate hears from Biden's high-profile judicial nominees for first time Senate Democrats take aim at 'true lender' interest rate rule Former North Carolina chief justice launches Senate campaign MORE (R-N.C.), would authorize 225 new immigration judges.