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American Immigration Council
March 2013

Two Systems of Justice

Unlike criminal defendants, immigrants facing deportation do not enjoy a right to a “speedy” removal proceeding. Today, the backlog in our nation’s immigration courts has grown to historic proportions. At the end of July 2012, immigration judges were presiding over more than 320,000 deportation cases around the country that were collectively pending for an average of more than 500 days. (In California, the state with the largest immigration court backlog, the average case was pending for nearly 700 days.

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