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November 29, 2015

Would Mass Deportation Be Impeded by Immigration Court Backlog?
By Allan Wall

As it stands, deporting a relatively tiny fraction of the total illegal immigrant population has clogged U.S. immigration courts. According to TRAC (Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse), there are 459,219 cases pending, with most of them in California, Texas and New York. The vast majority are immigrants who either overstayed their permission to be here, or came into the country illegally. A smaller number involve criminal, terrorism or national security charges 25,561 as of September. To say you could just go and pick up 11 million or 12 million individuals and in just a couple of years deport them is just illogical, its just not possible, said Maurice Goldman, an immigration lawyer in Tucson, Ariz., which according to TRAC has over 1,000 pending cases in its immigration court. TRAC is a project by Syracuse University that compiles up-to-date federal law enforcement records.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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