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August 12, 2010

Immigration Court Backlogs Continue to Climb
By Marcia Coyle

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University reported Thursday that the number of pending cases in the nation’s immigration courts reached an all-time high of 247,922 by mid-June—up 2.1% since TRAC’s last report three months ago, and 33.1% higher than the number of cases pending at the end of fiscal 2008. The average wait time in immigration courts also is moving upward, according to TRAC, and is now 459 days. The longest wait times are in California—an average of 643 days. In examining immigration courts with the fastest buildups, TRAC considers only those courts with at least 1,000 pending cases. After the four-judge court in Harlingen, Texas, the court in Las Vegas ranked second (up 58%), followed by San Antonio (up 55%); Chicago (up 39%), and Phoenix (up 37%).

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