Immigration Law

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FY 2021 Begins with Largest Immigration Court Backlog on Record: TRAC
Posted on 24 Nov 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Nov. 24, 2020 "Fiscal Year 2021 began with the largest number of Immigration Court cases in its active backlog to date: in October, 1,273,885 immigration cases were pending before the courts. Most of the pending cases—918,673 or 72... Read More

Cyrus Mehta: FAQ on Skilled Workers in the Green Card Backlog
Posted on 11 May 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, May 11, 2020 "Skilled workers caught in the employment-based backlogs face great uncertainty during the COVID-19 crisis. They have to continue to work for employers who have sponsored them green cards while maintaining H-1B status... Read More

Employment-Based Green Card Backlog Tops 800,000
Posted on 18 Dec 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Abigail Hauslohner, Washington Post, Dec. 17, 2019 "An estimated 800,000 immigrants who are working legally in the United States are waiting for a green card, an unprecedented backlog in employment-based immigration that has fueled a bitter policy... Read More

Immigration Court's Active Backlog Surpasses One Million
Posted on 18 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Sept. 18, 2019 "The Immigration Court's active backlog of cases just passed the million case mark. The latest case-by-case court records through the end of August 2019 show the court's active case backlog was 1,007,155. If the additional... Read More

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 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

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

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