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Andrew Becker
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Andrew covers the federal judiciary for CIR and is currently reporting on the immigration court system. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, New York Times,… Read more

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America's ICE Backwards Approach to Immigration
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While the nation’s understaffed immigration courts strain under a backlog that has grown to more than 200,000 cases, thousands of new border agents have been hired and the number of government attorneys who argue for deportation has increased by 35 percent, pushing more cases onto an already overburdened system.

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Andrew covers the federal judiciary for CIR and is currently reporting on the
immigration court system. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, New York Times, The Nation Web site, and Mother Jones.

Before joining CIR in 2008, he was a fellow at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where he reported on the business of human smuggling and corruption along the Southwest border for a joint New York Times and PBS FRONTLINE/World production. Previously he was a reporter for the Contra Costa Times in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has also written and reported for the Dallas Morning News, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, FRONTLINE, KQED California Report, and Los Angeles magazine.

He received a master's degree in journalism from UC Berkeley.
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