McConnell: We need more immigration judges

McConnell: We need more immigration judges
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Push for national popular vote movement gets boost from conservatives To avoid November catastrophe, Democrats have to KO Sanders 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 John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE's suggestion that illegal immigrants be removed without going through the judicial process for deportation.

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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 CruzSteyer calls for Senate term limits to pass gun control legislation Cruz targets California governor over housing 'prescriptions' This week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime MORE (Texas) would increase the number of immigration judges from roughly 375 to 750. A separate bill, spearheaded by Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisThe Hill's Campaign Report: What to watch for in Nevada Top GOP super PAC spent money on NC Democrat The Hill's Campaign Report: Warren up, Bloomberg down after brutal debate MORE (R-N.C.), would authorize 225 new immigration judges.