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Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
August 8, 2011

Immigration court backlog at record high, report says
By Gillian Brockell

WASHINGTON --- The wait time for immigration cases originating in Iowa is far above the national average, according to a new report. Iowa's immigration cases are sent to Nebraska, where the average wait time for a case to be heard is 525 days. The national average is 482 days. The Nebraska court that handles cases from Iowa has also seen a 43 percent increase in the number cases since 2008, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse using data from the Department of Justice. That's lower than the national average of 50 percent. The backlog of immigration court cases awaiting review and wait times for cases to be heard nationwide has jumped to all-time highs in the last year, the report said. Study co-author Susan Long said the government does not track where immigrants awaiting adjudication are picked up, so it is impossible to know how many of Nebraska's cases originated in Iowa.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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