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Houston Press
March 22, 2016

Houstonís Immigration Court Backlog Isnít Helped by a Judge That Barely Works
By Steve Jansen


ďIíve had a client whose asylum case has been reset seven times,Ē says Raed Gonzalez of the Houston immigration law firm Gonzalez Olivieri. According to Syracuse Universityís Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, the nationwide immigration case pileup stands at 456,644. And counting. Yam, who hasnít heard a case since May 2015 because of a leave for reasons that havenít been publicly disclosed, certainly isnít helping with Houstonís dog-tired immigration court. According to December 31, 2015, figures provided to the Press by the immigration review office, Houstonís immigration judges are drowning under a glut of 35,340 pending cases. TRAC data shows that Houstonís bottleneck is the third-highest in the country, two spots behind New York City and Los Angeles.


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