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The Arizona Republic
April 8, 2015

McCain is danged wrong on the border
By Linda Valdez

The April 6 memo to immigration judges from Judge Brian M. O'Leary discusses the Department of Homeland Security's immigration enforcement strategies, which focus on removal of undocumented people who are national security threats, convicted felons, gang members and people recently apprehended at the border. Sounds like people we should send packing pronto. But the backlog in the courts makes that impossible. According to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, the average wait time nationwide in immigration courts for criminals, national security threats and terrorists was 675 days as of February, 2015. That's up from 383 days in 2002. In Arizona, the wait time for folks we'd all like to see deported was 578 days this year up from 164 days in 2002.

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