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The National Law Journal
June 7, 2011

Backlog of immigration cases continues to grow, report says
By David Ingram

The number of pending cases in federal immigration courts is at an all-time high, and those cases are remaining open for longer, according to new data that underscores the backlog facing the nation's immigration system. There were 275,316 cases awaiting resolution before the immigration courts as of May 4, setting a new record after an increase of 2.8% in four months. The information comes from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, which compiles the information regularly from public records. The clearinghouse released its latest report on Tuesday. According to the data, the cases have been pending an average of 482 days, up from 467 days four months ago. The report noted that the increases came despite the hiring of 44 immigration judges during the previous 12 months and the opening of a new immigration court in Pearsall, Texas.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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