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While immigration reform has sparked one of the hottest domestic debates going in Congress, a byproduct of that discussion may be that Texas gets three new U.S. district court judges to deal with the thousands of people who illegally cross the Mexican border into the state each year.

Senate Bill 389, introduced in the U.S. Senate on Jan. 25, calls for the creation of 11 new federal judge positions in districts along the United States’ southern border “that have an extraordinarily high immigration caseload.” Specifically, the bill would place the new judgeships in districts along the border where immigration cases make up more than 50 percent of the criminal caseload.

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