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Free TRAC Webinar Focuses on Shifts in Immigration Court Orders and Backlogs

(24 Apr 2012) During the most recent quarter (January-March 2012), the Immigration Courts issued 2,429 fewer deportation orders than in the previous quarter (October-December 2011). The proportion of cases resulting in an ordered deportation also fell slightly to only 64.1 percent. At the...

Immigration Court Backlogs and Wait Times Reach New Highs

From TRAC on July 19, 2012 : The number of cases awaiting resolution before the Immigration Courts keeps rising, along with the average time these pending cases have been waiting. At the end of June 2012 the backlog reached a new all-time high of 314,147. According to the very latest data obtained and...

Quotas Plus Backlogs Plus 'Age-Out' Equals Self-Deportation for Dancer

"Lauren Gray has lived in the U.S. legally for the past 17 years on her parents visa. But when she turns 21 in August, her visa expires and because she has not been able to get a green card, she will have to return to England and leave her family behind." - USA Today video

Senator's Call to Napolitano Saves Immigrant

"Gray has been trying to get her own visa for nine years, but she still doesn't have one because of the backlogged immigration system. She can now stay another two years. Gray's cause got the attention of a home state senator, Claire McCaskill, whose office says she personally called Homeland...

Latest Immigration Court Numbers, August 2012: TRAC

ICE Requests for Deportation Orders Down 2.2 Percent; Court Deportation Orders Higher in August; Immigration Court Backlog, Wait Times Keep Rising; Cases Processed Under ICE Prosecutorial Discretion - TRAC, Sept. 13, 2012 .

The 7 Percent Problem Makes 'The Line' Impossibly Long

"[T]oday’s system now allots 7 percent of each visa category per country. For example, the law allows for 366,000 family- and employer-sponsored visas. That means up to 25,620 such visas (7 percent) are allowed for each country, whether you’re trying to get in from China (population...

Path to What, and When?

"House Speaker John Boehner is set to unveil his counter to the Senate's comprehensive immigration reform bill. The one-page GOP set of principles could be aired just prior to President Obama's State of the Union speech on January 28th. Observers focus on whether or not the GOP plans...

Families Counted Together Stay Together: How to Eliminate Visa Backlogs

"There is nothing in the Immigration and Nationality Act that requires each derivative family member to be counted on an individual basis against the worldwide and country caps. That being so, President Obama tomorrow can issue an executive order providing that this long-established practice be...