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The Brownsville Herald
December 29, 2013

Getting worse
By Carlos Rodriguez

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University reported recently that as of October, the backlog of immigration cases had grown by 85 percent over the past five years. Roughly 250 immigration judges across the country faced more than 325,000 cases, with more added every day. On average it is taking 562 days — more than a year and a half — for cases to be resolved. The Executive Office of Immigration Review, which handles such cases, reports that more than 30 immigration judge positions are vacant due to hiring freezes. Filling those vacancies would only put a dent in the backlog, however. Texas does better than the national average. Its courts had almost 51,000 pending immigration cases in October, but the average adjudication time was 433 days. That’s some four months faster than the national average, even though the state has the third-highest number of cases awaiting resolution.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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