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February 20, 2014

Stress, emotion affect Immigration Court judges
By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer

The average time to complete a case in Philadelphia, 640 days, is up 29 percent from 2009. The national average, 573 days, is up 33 percent over the same period. Immigrants here generally are young and male. They are border-jumpers from South or Central America who entered from Mexico; Asians, Africans, Europeans and others on expired visas; and victims of foreign violence seeking asylum in the Land of the Free. Some are green-card holders pursuing U.S. citizenship, but with underlying legal problems to address. A study released Thursday by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University reported that the national rate for deportations is 50 percent, the lowest it has been in 20 years. Still, the cases pile up, adding to the national backlog of more than 360,000.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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