Immigration Backlog Still Rising Despite New Judge Investitures
(20 Jul 2016) Despite the addition of new judges, the number of cases awaiting resolution before the Immigration Courts climbed to a new all-time high of 496,704 as of the end of June 2016, according to very timely government court data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University. This is up from 456,216 at the beginning of this fiscal year nine months ago, and up from 408,037 at the beginning of FY 2015.

The investiture of 34 new Immigration Judges since February 2016 has slackened the backlog's rate of growth but has been insufficient to stop the continued rise in backlogged cases, which represents an average of 1,819 cases for each of the 273 judges now on the bench.

Nearly a third (29%) of the backlog consists of priority cases involving either unaccompanied children or "women with children."

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