>> Tens of thousands of immigrants living in the United States, and those who have recently crossed the border, go through the nation's immigration courts every year. And Reuters has learned that the city where the case is heard, and especially the judge that hears it, might be the most important factor in whether they're allowed to stay in the country.
In San Francisco, immigrants are deported in 36% of cases. In Charlotte, the number jumps to 84%. In New York City only 24% of cases result in deportation. In Atlanta, the rate is almost 90%. Reuters correspondent Micah Rosenberg covers immigration.>> One immigration lawyer that we spoke to said they're very well aware of this issue.
And he says that when he has a client, in a court with a high deportation rate, he tells them to move.>> Reuters analyzed more than 370,000 cases heard in all 58 US immigration courts over the past decade. The system has a massive backlog, more than 620,000 cases and growing.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to hire 50 more judges this year, and another 75 next year. The total will be a bit over 400. Meanwhile, nearly 100,000 immigration cases have been added since last December. For the full investigative report, go to Reuters.com.