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Las Vegas Review-Journal
December 31, 2011

Court backlog of immigration cases puts some lives on hold
By Lynnette Curtis

The number of unresolved local immigration cases again hit an all-time high in fiscal 2011. The backlog grew by about 37 percent over last year, the third-steepest increase in the nation, according to a December analysis by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a nonprofit group at Syracuse University that tracks federal law enforcement activities. The backlog mirrors a national trend experts say is a consequence of stepped- up immigration enforcement and a shortage of immigration judges. It also leads to longer wait times for immigrants, some of whose lives remain in limbo while their cases are unresolved.

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