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January 5, 2018

Immigration Court Backlog Surging
By Steve Jess

The backlog of cases in U-S immigration courts continues to grow sharply, which judges say highlights the need for more immigration judges, especially during an administration that's putting a priority on deporting undocumented foreign nationals. The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University follows the immigration court system, and says pending immigration cases grew by 5 percent in October and November, the first two months of the federal fiscal year. TRAC reports that 658-thousand cases are pending, up from 630-thousand at the end of September. In Arizona, courts face more than 10,000 cases, a jump of more than 7 percent over the year before.

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