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September 21, 2015

Wait Time For Immigrants In Court Hits Record High: Report
By Allissa Wickham


The average wait time for someone stuck in an immigration courtís list of pending cases has hit a record high of 635 calendar days, although the total wait time may come to almost three years, according to a report issued Monday by a Syracuse University data organization. According to a report from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, there were 456,644 deportation cases pending in immigration courts by the end of August. This backlog has caused wait times to reach a new high of 635 days, the report said. However, this only takes into account how long people have already been waiting, the TRAC cautioned. Given the average additional wait time of 436 calendar days, the data organization estimated that the average individual will wait 35.2 months, or nearly three years, to have a hearing after their case is filed.


Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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