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Las Vegas Review-Journal
November 10, 2010

Backed up

The backlog at the federal Immigration Court in Las Vegas grew by more than 80 percent in 2010 -- the third-highest increase in the nation. The court's backlog reached 2,080 cases this year, compared to 1,144 in 2009 and 1,028 in 2008. Defendants being processed for deportation can now wait as long as 11 months -- the longest delay in the 12 years anyone has been keeping track. Experts say the backlog reflects stepped-up immigration enforcement and a shortage of immigration judges. Nationwide, the number of immigration cases awaiting resolution reached an all-time high of 261,083 in the just-ended 2010 fiscal year, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse -- a 40 percent growth since 2008.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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