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Houston Press
February 10, 2016

Immigration Backlog Bounces Thousands of Cases to Late 2019
By Leif Reigstad

The immense backlog in Texas's immigration courts is certainly not new. In May last year, the Houston Chronicle reported that a large number of cases stemming from before 2014 were being reset to 2019. But the backlog problem appears to be getting worse, or, at best, remains stagnant. According to Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), which gathers data on immigration court proceedings, as of December 2015, Texas had the second-most pending immigration cases with nearly 77,000, trailing only California's 82,000. Since 2014, the state's backlog has increased 58 percent. The average projected wait total for each pending case in Houston is now nearly five years.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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