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June 23, 2014

Caught at the Border But Waiting Years for a Judge
By Ted Hesson

The backlog of pending removal cases more than doubled from fiscal year 2002 to 2014, going from 166,061 to 363,239, according to data from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University. The number of Hondurans, Guatemalans and Salvadorans in pending immigration cases have all increased dramatically, even though TRAC data shows that Central Americans have been processed faster than people from other countries. Lengthy wait times The average wait time for people in removal proceedings increased from 413 days in fiscal year 2002 to 580 days as of this month. Some people wait even longer than that.

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