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Trump's Immigration Court Efforts Backfire, Backlog Balloons

July 16, 2019 (1 min read)

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 out of the country more quickly. But those measures have largely backfired, adding to the immense logjam of people awaiting life-changing decisions.

According to interviews with judges, lawyers and court staff, many of the moves by the administration — designed to accelerate the courts and eliminate policies from President Barack Obama — have slowed them even more, making it harder for judges to move cases efficiently, extending processing times and compounding a nationwide backlog that has grown by 68 percent under President Trump to nearly 877,000 cases."