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Juvenile Cases Help Push Immigration Court Backlog to New High: TRAC

TRAC, July 10, 2014 : "As of the end of June 2014, the number of cases awaiting resolution before the Immigration Courts has climbed to an all time high of 375,503 -- an increase of more than 50,000 since the start of FY 2013 -- according to very timely government enforcement data obtained by the...

Overloaded Immigration Courts

With Too Few Judges, Hundreds of Thousands of Immigrants Wait Nearly Two Years for a Hearing "The immigration court system is severely underfunded and there are too few judges, especially since caseloads began skyrocketing in 2009. Tens of thousands of unaccompanied migrant children fleeing from...

TRAC: Immigration Court Backlog Nears 400,000

"The number of cases awaiting resolution in the Immigration Courts had grown to 396,552 by the end of July 2014. This backlog increased by nearly 75,000 cases, or 22 percent, since the start of fiscal year 2013, according to very timely government enforcement data obtained by the Transactional Access...

Denver Judges Will Hear Immigration Cases From New Mexico

"Immigration judges in Denver will hear hundreds of cases via closed-circuit TV, the federal government has determined. Judges will review the cases of approximately 600 women and children from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala who are being held in a facility in Artesia, N.M. The additional cases...

The Other Four Million

Much has been made of the estimated four million ( or more ) unauthorized people who may benefit from executive action announced by the White House and DHS last month. But the hard truth about immigration reform is that unless Congress passes legislation, the White House cannot reduce the current...

Immigration Courts 'Operating In Crisis Mode,' Judges Say

"Even before this past summer's surge of unaccompanied minors seeking asylum, the immigration courts were already clogged, says Judge Dana Leigh Marks, president of the National Association of Immigration Judges. "What is an adjective that describes crisis squared?" she asks. "Crisis...

DHS Struggles Under FOIA Backlog

"The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is struggling to keep up with a record-breaking number of open-records requests under the Freedom of Information Act in 2014, a vast majority of which dealt with immigration-related records, according to [an April 8, 2015] report . The DHS said it received...

Immigration Court Case Backlog Reaches Record High: Law360 / TRAC

Kelly Knaub, Law360, May 15, 2015 - " The backlog of immigration cases has hit an all-time high of 445,607, with California, Texas, New York, Florida and New Jersey being the top backlogged states, according to data obtained by Syracuse University research center Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse...

Osuna: EOIR Needs More of Everything

"Immigrants already on United States soil may have to wait years to see an immigration court judge. It’s a problem that’s worse than it’s ever been, with a backlog of over 400,000 cases. In his first ever TV interview on camera, the Director of the Executive Office for Immigration...

TRAC Report: Ballooning Wait Times for Hearing Dates in Overworked Immigration Courts

TRAC, Sept. 21, 2015 - "There were nearly a half million individual deportation cases (456,644) pending before the judges in the nation's clearly overwhelmed Immigration Courts at the end of August, according to the very latest information obtained from the U.S. Department of Justice and analyzed...

How Does Uncle Sam Waste Immigrant Visas?

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 apart. Every number in this report represents a green...

Immigration Court Backlog Bounces Thousands of Cases to Late 2019

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 removal cases scheduled to be heard in Houston's...

Backlogs growing in overworked, chaotic U.S. immigration courts

Dianne Solís, Dallas Morning News, Feb. 11, 2016 - "The U.S. immigration court backlog is at a record of about 470,000 cases — nearly triple the number from a decade ago. The average case now takes two years to wind through the courts. Some can take five. The backlog annoys both the...

Immigration Court Case Backlog Could Hit One Million

Lomi Kriel, Houston Chronicle, Mar. 15, 2016 - "The backlog in Houston's overwhelmed downtown immigration court grew more than 460 percent between 2010 and 2016, swelling from about 6,400 to 36,100 pending cases, according to a new analysis released Tuesday. With only six immigration judges...

Surge in SIJS Approvals Creates Backlog at Adjustment Stage

CLINIC’s Training and Legal Support staff has written a short analysis of the potential implications for your clients of the State Department’s May Visa Bulletin, released on April 12. - " The State Department’s May Visa Bulletin gives a “final action date” of Jan....

Groups Protest U Visa Backlog, Delays

May 16, 2016 letter to León Rodríguez Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services - "We, the 307 undersigned organizations that work with or otherwise support immigrant survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, respectfully wish to bring to your attention the increasing...

Immigration Court Docket Backlog Cracks 500,000 Mark

Adolfo Flores, Buzzfeed News, July 20, 2016 - "The backlog of immigration court cases has ballooned to an all-time high of more than 500,000, a number fueled by unaccompanied minors and families from Central America, officials said Wednesday. The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) said...

Enforcement Priorities Create Docketing Crisis for Immigration Courts

NBC Bay Area, Aug. 19, 2016 - "Nationwide EOIR had more than a half million (500,051) pending cases. What makes things different this year is that after March 1, 2016, EOIR began prioritizing cases the Department of Homeland Security considered “Priority 1 category for civil immigration enforcement...

TRAC: Priority Cases Overwhelm Immigration Court's Capacity to Handle

TRAC, Sept. 15, 2016 - " The number of judges continue to prove insufficient to handle the growing backlog in the Immigration Courts. The problems are particularly acute for handling even priority cases like those involving unaccompanied children and women with children according to the latest court...

Immigration Court's Rising Backlog Now at 521,676 Cases - TRAC

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 521,676. In California, the backlog rose to a...

Asylum Outcome Increasingly Depends on Judge Assigned - TRAC

TRAC, Dec. 2, 2016 - "The outcome for asylum seekers has become increasingly dependent upon the identity of the immigration judge assigned to hear their case. While judge-to-judge decision disparities have long existed, a detailed comparison of asylum decisions handed down by judges sitting on the...

Immigration Court Priority Family Case Backlog Surpasses 100,000 - TRAC

TRAC, Jan. 17, 2017 - "The number of judges is still insufficient to handle the growing backlog in the Immigration Court. The court's crushing workload reached a record-breaking 533,909 pending cases as the court closed out calendar year 2016, up 4.2 percent in just the last four months. ...

Legal logjam in immigration court grows to more than 540,000 cases

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 (the Journal is withholding his last name because of...

FOIA Backlog Skyrockets at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

TRAC, May 8, 2017 - "The backlog of unprocessed FOIA requests to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) continues to climb. In just a two-year period, the backlog of unanswered FOIA requests has tripled, climbing from 17,998 at the end of December 2014 to 46,550 at the end of December...

Immigration Court Backlog Climbs to 617,527 Cases

TRAC, Aug. 31, 2017 - The latest available case-by-case court records show that as of the end of July 2017, the Immigration Court's backlog continued to rise , reaching an all-time high of 617,527. For the first time, individuals with pending cases from El Salvador surpassed...