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May 26, 2014

How the government became the single biggest employer of unauthorized immigrants
By Dara Lind

As of March 2014, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, the average immigration court case took 516 days to complete almost a year and a half. And cases take even longer to be processed when the immigrant ends up winning the case: an average of 772 days, or over two years. Again, it's not clear how many of those immigrants spend all two years in detention but many of them may. One of the legal immigrants profiled in the Times story was detained for nineteen months making $1 a day in the detention-center kitchen before his case was resolved.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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