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Associated Press
November 17, 2013

Ore. immigrants wait longer for relief in court
By Gosia Wozniacka

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Oregon immigrants who appeared in court and successfully sought the right to stay in the United States faced one of the longest delays in the nation to have their cases resolved, data from a statistical research group at Syracuse University show. That's despite a small reduction in the state's immigration court backlog in the past two years. According to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Oregon came in second after Nebraska in the average length of wait time before a case was decided. Immigrants in Oregon had to wait 1,178 days on average or more than three years to get their cases resolved in court, based on data in October of this year. That's nearly double the 656-day average wait just five years ago. Nationally, the average wait for a case to be resolved was 898 days as of October 2013, compared to 657 days five years ago, according to TRAC. Other states with very high wait times included Illinois, Pennsylvania, and California.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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