Every morning, they don their black robes, take their seats and listen to the pleas of a long line of immigrants desperate to stay in America. The pace is fast, the pressure intense, the stories sometimes haunting. The work, these judges say, is exhausting: ‘The volume is constant and unrelenting.’ … ‘There is not enough time to think.’ … ‘Nobody gives a damn about us!’ … ‘I know I couldn’t do this job if I were not on medication for depression or did not have access to competent psychological care myself.’ … ‘I cannot take this place anymore. What a dismal job this is!’’ These are the voices of immigration judges who determine the fate of tens of thousands of people every year illegal border crossers, visa violators, refugees who flee China, El Salvador, Iran and other countries, each making a case to remain here. … Judges handle, on average, more than 1,200 matters a year, leaving them so overwhelmed they mostly issue oral decisions ‘that sometimes are not fully researched or based in law or fact,’ according to a 2010 report commissioned by the American Bar Association.