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May 15, 2015

Immigration Case Backlog Reaches Record High
By Kelly Knaub

Law360, New York (May 15, 2015, 1:56 PM ET) -- The backlog of immigration cases has hit an all-time high of 445,607, with California, Texas, New York, Florida and New Jersey being the top backlogged states, according to data obtained by Syracuse University research center Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse in a report released on Friday. TRAC said in the report that the all-time high, as of the end of April, rose 9.2 percent from a backlog of 408,037 at the start of the 2015 fiscal year, which began on Oct. 1. The backlog is 29.5 percent higher than it was at the beginning of fiscal year 2014, when 344,230 cases were backed up in the immigration courts, TRAC said. California had the largest number of backlogged immigration cases — 88,711 — at the end of April, followed by Texas, with 76,995, New York, with 64,247, Florida, with 25,200, and New Jersey, with 22,661. Although New Jersey ranks last in line, the Garden State has the highest percentage increase since the beginning of fiscal year 2014, at 63.9 percent, followed by Texas, at 58.3 percent. Florida, New York, and California’s backlogged cases had more modest rises at 32.3, 26.4 and 14.8 percent, respectively.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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