Immigration courts are whittled to a skeleton staff, forcing court dates to be postponed and raising the ire of the judges already burdened by nearly 770,000 pending cases.

“You’re shutting down the immigration court over the issue of immigration,” said Judge Ashley Tabaddor, president of the National Association of Immigration Judges, the judges union.

But deportations are moving forward, aided by more than 16,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, who are working without immediate pay.