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Los Angeles Times
September 22, 2015

Opinion As the immigration court backlog grows, Congress twiddles its thumbs
By Scott Martelle

According to a new report by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, which, among other things, analyzes federal immigration data, those pending cases have been open on average for 635 days. How long before they are completed? “As of the end of August 2015, the court's pending workload included 421,647 scheduled hearings, with an average additional wait of 436 calendar days,” according to the clearinghouse. “Note that this is based upon the average additional number of days after August 31 that individuals will have to wait until their scheduled hearing. Since the average individual has already been waiting 635 days, the projected total time from the date their case was filed until their hearing date is 635 days (plus) 436 days, or a total of 1,071 days -- just under three years (35.2 months).” Which means, if you extrapolate, people that federal immigration officials started deportation proceedings against today will, on average, not have a resolution until September 2018. As the clearinghouse notes, some cases will move through in a much shorter time frame. But others will take even longer -- as much as 6.5 years.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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