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The Mercury News
July 13, 2018

As immigration courts battle record backlog, retired Bay Area judges offer solution
By Tatiana Sanchez


The backlog of immigration cases which includes deportation hearings and asylum claims increased by almost one-third under the Trump administration, with 171,656 cases added since the president took office, according to a June report by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC, at Syracuse University. The number of cases awaiting decision reached an all-time high of 714,067 at the end of May, TRAC data shows. The group analyzes and publishes data it collects on the activities of the U.S. federal government. That number is likely to grow, as thousands of undocumented immigrants have been seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border with their children in recent weeks. Decisions on granting asylum or another type of relief now take more than twice as long as removal decisions, according to TRAC data. Relief decisions this year on average took 1,064 days up 17 percent from last year.


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