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National Review Online
July 31, 2014

Deportation Court Backlog Has Doubled Since 2008
By Ryan Lovelace

The number of pending deportation cases in federal immigration courts’ backlog has more than doubled since the end of the 2008 fiscal year, according to data compiled by a Syracuse University research organization. Syracuse’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), which collects and distributes data on federal government activities, reports that there are 375,503 pending cases for fiscal year 2014, approximately 77,400 of which are pending in California immigration courts. Advertisement That’s up from 186,108 in 2008. Immigration law experts say the increase in the backlog — at a time when illegal immigration has been flat or declining — is due to a loss in judicial manpower as immigration judges get frustrated and leave the courts.

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