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Boston Globe
November 26, 2010

Immigrant cases face long delays in court
By Maria Sacchetti

The Massachusetts immigration court is suffering the longest delays of any state except California, with unresolved cases pending an average of 615 days, according to a report that analyzes court records. The wait time for the Boston court, which serves all New England states except Connecticut, is striking because the courtís jurisdiction encompasses a region with far fewer immigrants than New York, Florida, and other states. Lawyers attribute the delays to the high number of cases and a shortage of judges and support staff to handle the complex immigration matters. In Boston, six judges were juggling 8,642 cases, roughly 1,440 each, at the end of September, according to theTransactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, which tracks immigration figures and produced the report last month.

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