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May 23, 2014

Weeks-long computer crash sends U.S. immigration courts back to pencils and paper
By Elizabeth Summers

A catastrophic hardware failure on April 12 disabled the computer system that maintains dockets for the nationís immigration courts. Six weeks later, the system is still not fully functional. While it is not yet known how many deportation cases were delayed by the network failure, the crash provides a window into the broader problems facing the countryís already severely backlogged immigration courts. According to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, which maintains an ongoing public record of government activity using Freedom of Information Act requests, there were 367,000 pending cases as of March 2014, with the average case taking 578 days to resolve.

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