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April 11, 2017

The one area Jeff Sessions and immigration advocates agree
By Danny Vinik

The backlog of immigration cases has grown dramatically over the past decade, from around 180,000 in the mid-2000s to 542,000 today, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University which tracks the numbers. The average case has been pending for 677 days, creating a bottleneck in which immigration agents know that anyone they place in deportation proceedings may not have their case heard for years. That creates incentives to go around the court system, including by focusing on expedited removals, which allow immigration authorities to return someone to their country without a hearing under certain conditions. (The Trump administration recently significantly broadened those conditions.)

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