"As pressure mounts on Congress for some form of immigration legislation, a little-noticed and overworked cog in the nation’s immigration-enforcement machinery may get left by the wayside: the Justice Department’s 59 immigration courts, whose 260 judges adjudicate each year the cases of more than 300,000 people whom the Homeland Security Department wants to deport. The courts are a mixed bag. Annual completions per judge average 1,495 but range from 521 in the Honolulu immigration court to almost 5,000 in a Houston court. The figure in 58 of the 59 courts exceeds the 538 terminations-per-judge figure in federal district courts. The immigration courts are badly in need of help to achieve effective but fair enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws." - Russell Wheeler & Lenni Benson, Nov. 13, 2013.