Immigration Law

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Trump's Immigration Court Efforts Backfire, Backlog Balloons
Posted on 16 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Julia Preston, Andrew R. Calderon, July 16, 2019 - The Marshall Project and Politico Magazine "Frustrated with the slow pace of deportations from the courts, the Trump administration has taken aggressive steps to speed decisions and move people... Read More

Newly Arriving Families Not Main Reason for Immigration Court's Growing Backlog: TRAC
Posted on 21 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Mar. 18, 2019 "The Immigration Court backlog continues to rise. As of February 28, 2019, the number of pending cases on the court's active docket topped eight hundred and fifty-five thousand (855,807) cases. This is an increase of over... Read More

Trump Administration to Pause Hiring Of Immigration Judges Amid Massive Backlog
Posted on 11 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hamed Aleaziz, Buzzfeed News, Mar. 7, 2019 "The Trump administration will pause its hiring of immigration judges, slow its procuring of support staff, and cancel a training conference, dealing a setback to the government's efforts to cut down... Read More

Cancelled Immigration Court Hearings Grow as Shutdown Continues
Posted on 15 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Jan. 14, 2019 "Since the beginning of the federal government shutdown, most Immigration Court hearings have been cancelled . As of January 11, the estimated number of cancellations reached 42,726. Each week the shutdown continues, cancelled... Read More

NAIJ Urges Congress to End Government Shutdown
Posted on 14 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On January 9, 2019, the President of the National Association of Immigration Judges, A. Ashley Tabaddor, sent this letter to all U.S. senators and representatives. She stated: "There is currently a backlog of more than 800,000 pending immigration... Read More

Immigration Court Backlog Surpasses One Million Cases - TRAC Report
Posted on 7 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Nov. 6, 2018 - "The Immigration Court backlog has jumped by 225,846 cases since the end of January 2017 when President Trump took office. This represents an overall growth rate of 49 percent since the beginning of FY 2017. Results compiled... Read More

Groups to USCIS: Why the Naturalization Backlog?
Posted on 6 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

National Partnership for New Americans, Aug. 6, 2018 - "Today, the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) along with UnidosUS , the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law (CHRCL), CASA , Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los... Read More

Immigration Court Backlog Jumps While Case Processing Slows: TRAC
Posted on 10 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, June 8, 2018 - "The Immigration Court's backlog keeps rising. As of the end of May 2018, the number of cases waiting decision reached an all-time high of 714,067. This compares with a court backlog of 542,411 cases at the end of January... Read More

Immigration Court Backlog Tops 650,000 - TRAC
Posted on 8 Jan 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Jan. 4, 2018 - " During the first two months of FY 2018, the Immigration Court number of pending cases climbed by an additional 30,000. According to the latest case-by-case court records, the backlog at the end of November 2017 had reached... Read More

Rural Health Care Threatened by Green Card Backlog, Travel Ban
Posted on 10 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Parija Kavilanz, CNN Money, June 8, 2018 - "Dr. Raghuveer Kura is the only kidney specialist that the town of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, has had at its hospital for the past nine years. He sees nearly 3,000 patients, including 80 who need life-saving... Read More

USCIS Modifies Asylum Interview Scheduling
Posted on 31 Jan 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Jan. 31, 2018 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that the agency will schedule asylum interviews for recent applications ahead of older filings, in an attempt to stem the growth of the agency’s asylum... Read More

Immigration Court's Rising Backlog Now at 521,676 Cases - TRAC
Posted on 9 Nov 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Nov. 9, 2016 - " The latest Immigration Court data show the growth in the court's crushing backlog of cases continued through the first month of FY 2017. During the month of October, the court's backlog rose by 5,645 cases, and reached... Read More

Immigration Court Backlog Bounces Thousands of Cases to Late 2019
Posted on 10 Feb 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Leif Reigstad, Houston Press, Feb. 10, 2016 - "Houston immigration attorney John Nechman used to wear a suit to work practically everyday because he was always in court. But things drastically changed about a year-and-a-half ago, when all of his... Read More

Legal logjam in immigration court grows to more than 540,000 cases
Posted on 14 Apr 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Lorelei Laird, ABA Journal, Apr. 1, 2017 - "The government started trying to deport Octavio, a Mexican immigrant, in 2007. He’s still waiting for his case to be resolved, and he will likely continue to wait until at least 2018. Octavio ... Read More

How Does Uncle Sam Waste Immigrant Visas?
Posted on 7 Oct 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Brent Renison, Oct. 6, 2015 - "I'm going to explain exactly how the government wastes on average tens of thousands of immigrant visas every year, contrary to Congressional intent, systematically compromising the workforce and keeping families... Read More