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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 9, 2014

Report: Nation’s immigration court backlog nearly reaches 400,000
By Jeremy Redmon

The backlog of cases in the nation’s immigration courts reached 396,552 at the end of July, up 22 percent since the start of fiscal year 2013, according to a new report. Based on records obtained from the federal government, the report by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse — a research organization at Syracuse University — shows Georgia ranks ninth among states for the size of its immigration court backlogs at 13,055. That squares with Georgia’s ninth place ranking among states for its total population at 9.9 million. Such backlogs can delay deportation cases and allow immigrants without legal status to remains in the U.S. for months – or even years — longer. At the same time, such delays can keep immigrants facing deportation locked up longer, thereby increasing taxpayer costs.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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