Immigration Cases, Judicial Vacancies Tax New Mexico Courts – The Wall Street Journal

LAS CRUCES, N.M.—With three of New Mexico’s seven federal district judgeships currently vacant, the U.S. court system here was already in danger of being overwhelmed. At the same time, hundreds of migrants facing charges of crossing into the U.S. illegally are crowding into courtrooms daily and pushing the system to the breaking point, according to judges and attorneys.

While many migrants are being cycled in and out of court in a matter of minutes, other civil and criminal cases face delays and judges say they worry they…

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