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October 20, 2017

What Trump’s DOJ’s Numbers Don’t Say About Immigration Court Backlog
By Allegra Kirkland

Sue Long, who oversees the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University that tracks the backlog, told TPM that total case “completions are down” and that the DOJ numbers omit critical context. “You can’t attribute a change to simply posting of judges because a lot more is going on,” Long said. “They’ve been hiring more judges consistently, putting on more and more over the last two years. So you would expect some increase [in the number of cases being completed] because you have more judges.” There are currently some 330 immigration judges nationwide—a number both the Obama and Trump administrations worked to bolster.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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