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The Daily Record of Rochester
March 7, 2011

Immigration courts face backlog
By Todd Etshman

An ongoing study of the Executive Office of Immigration Review courts revealed an alarming backlog of cases stuck in the courts with extremely long completion times. "We've been following it since 2006 and we've been able to get accurate case by case data in every single court," said Dr. Susan Long, of the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. Long said the backlog is likely at its highest point ever. The biggest reason for the backlog of cases is the shortage of judges to handle the increased workload under the Obama administration. "They have to get up to speed," Long said. "The staff [at EOIR courts] is very lean. "

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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