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April 22, 2013

As Senate Debates, Immigration Backlog Keeps Growing
By Sarah Childress

As the Senate debates the largest immigration proposal in more than two decades, the number of cases pending in federal immigration courts is the highest itís been in 15 years. As of March this year, there were 327,483 deportation cases pending, according to federal data from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. Cases have increased steadily since 2006, but have risen more sharply since Obama took office in 2008, when the backlog stood at 186,108. ICE is mandated to deport 400,000 people every year, and it holds around 30,000 people in detention every day. Itís swept up hundreds of U.S. citizens and nearly 30,000 permanent legal residents in its dragnet since 2008, according to federal data.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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