The Department of Justice on Monday announced the swearing in of seven new immigration judges.

"After a thorough application process, Attorney General Jeff Sessions appointed Nina M. Carbone, Jennifer I. Gaz, Charlotte S. Marquez, Jose L. Peñalosa Jr., Donald W. Thompson, David C. Whipple, and Ryan R. Wood to their new positions," a press release stated.

The announcement came less than a month after Sessions said the Trump administration was hoping to appoint 50 new immigration judges this year to speed up the deportation process for illegal immigrants.

Another 75 immigration judges are expected to be hired in 2018 to help tackle the backlog of cases in immigration courts.

The seven judges were sworn in at the Executive Office for Immigration Review's headquarters in Falls Church, Va.