"Immigration court backlogged for more than a year in Utah" (Tribune, Nov. 18):
Last summer, one of Utah's two immigration judges left to become a federal magistrate. Yet, due to a "hiring freeze" in the federal Executive Office for Immigration Review, no replacement judge has been assigned.
Let's do the math. It costs taxpayers $72.25 a day to house inmates in the Utah County Jail who face immigration violation hearings. Currently, 137 are being held, meaning the government pays $9,898.25 per day.
Surely, we can afford to spend a fraction of that bill to hire another full-time immigration judge.