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Houston Chronicle
November 14, 2013

Wheeler, Benson: Immigration courts would benefit with more staff
By Russell Wheeler and Lenni Benson

The immigration courts are badly in need of help to achieve effective but fair enforcement of the nation's immigration laws. The bipartisan comprehensive bill that the Senate approved in June (and a similar bill introduced by House Democrats) paid immigration courts some much-needed attention, but so far none of the pending House bills with much chance of serious consideration contain parallel provisions. The administration has put people into removal proceedings at a record pace. Times from initiation to completion have increased accordingly. The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse reports that immigration cases wait on average 562 days for resolution, up from 430 days in 2009. Demands for more enforcement mean more removal proceedings and more delay.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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