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Houston Chronicle
August 26, 2014

Some immigrants face 900-day wait on cases
By Will Tucker

The average of 900 days between non-detained immigrants entering the adjudication system and having their ultimate legal status resolved is nearly twice the length of a previous estimate, which averaged the time span for both non-detained and detained applicants. That estimate of 520 days was based on data gathered by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. "Detained cases, they try to move more quickly," TRAC Research Center director Susan Long said. "Secondly, most of those don't have attorneys, and therefore they get deported. Removal decisions move much more quickly than any one that has an application for relief. "They obviously give priority in their resources to the people in custody, (or they did) until the juvenile issues came up," she said.

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