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Sacramento Bee
October 17, 2014

Border cases jump to the head of the line in San Francisco immigration court
By Stephen Magagnini and Phillip Reese


Even before the surge in Central American cases, the San Francisco Immigration Court, which handles most deportations in Northern California, was already drowning in a backlog of cases. About 25,000 cases were pending before the court in June, according to new data from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University more than triple the 8,000 cases pending before the court in 2008. Backlogged cases are growing nationwide, but not as quickly as in San Francisco. Pending cases there are, on average, 604 days old, up from 387 days in 2008. The average age of cases completed this fiscal year in San Francisco was 717 days.


Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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