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May 18, 2015

Immigration Officials Face Backlog of 445,000 People
By Bob Conover

Even if the border were sealed tomorrow and the flood of illegal immigrants from Mexico and Central America reduced to a trickle, U.S. immigration courts face a backlog 445,000 cases that even the most optimistic estimates say will take four years to eliminate according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. This number doesn’t include illegal immigrants that U.S. authorities do not know about… only includes reported cases through April, 2015… and ignores the coming waves of immigrants expected to arrive through chain migration of relatives – fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, aunts, uncles and others seeking to join family members already living in the United States. The acute backlog began during the last fiscal year when than 68,500 unaccompanied children and another 70,000 families who crossed the southern border from Central America. During the surge, courts gave unaccompanied children’s cases priority and expedited them through Los Angeles and other cities along across the country. And while the majority of unresolved cases involve Mexican nationals, the backlog has exploded for Central American nationals including a 63% increase for Guatemalans, 92% for Salvadorans and 143% for Hondurans.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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