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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...

Some Skilled Workers Must Wait for Centuries for Green Cards - Cyrus Mehta

Cyrus Mehta, July 30, 2016 - " David Bier at the Cato Institute has emerged as a fresh and new scholarly voice on immigration. It has always been known that an individual who got sponsored by an employer today in the India employment-based third preference (EB-3) would need to wait for about 60...

Who is Stuck in the Green Card Backlogs? - A Guide for the Perplexed, by Cyrus Mehta

Cyrus Mehta, Oct. 31, 2016 - "“ In the realm of Nature there is nothing purposeless, trivial, or unnecessary ” ― Maimonides , The Guide for the Perplexed David Bier of the Cato Institute in No One Knows How Long Legal Immigrants Will Have To Wait calculates that there are “somewhere...

Deluged Immigration Courts, Where Cases Stall for Years, Begin to Buckle

Julia Preston, New York Times, Dec. 1, 2016 - "Weighed down by a backlog of more than 520,000 cases, the United States immigration courts are foundering, increasingly failing to deliver timely, fair decisions to people fighting deportation or asking for refuge, according to interviews with lawyers...

Immigration Court Docket Backlogs, Now Years Out, Will Only Worsen Under Trump

Zoe Tillman, BuzzFeed News, Feb. 23, 2017 - "In a small, windowless courtroom on the second floor of an office building, Judge Rodger Harris heard a string of bond requests on Tuesday morning from immigrants held in jail as they faced deportation. The detainees appeared by video from detention facilities...

GAO Slams Immigration Court Backlog, Management and Operational Challenges

GAO, June 1, 2017 - "GAO's analysis showed that the Executive Office for Immigration Review's (EOIR) case backlog—cases pending from previous years that remain open at the start of a new fiscal year—more than doubled from fiscal years 2006 through 2015 (see figure) primarily...

Is USCIS Building a 'Second Wall' to Block Naturalization Applicants?

National Partnership for New Americans, Oct. 27, 2017 -"On October 27, 2017, National Partnership for New Americans released our NPNA Report: Building a Second Wall, USCIS Backlogs Preventing Immigrants from Becoming Citizens detailing the sad and disgraceful state of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration...