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Human Rights First
December 18, 2015

Human Rights First Applauds Inclusion of Funding for Immigration Courts in Omnibus Package
By Eleanor Acer

As of November 2015, 463,627 cases were pending before the immigration courts nationally. The most recent calculations, completed by Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) in August 2015, indicated the average projected wait time is 1,071 days, just under three years. Human Rights First has estimated that, in addition to the 55 teams included in this spending package, an additional 75 immigration judge teams should be added each year for three fiscal years, for a total of 225 additional teams. The organization notes that the continued growth in the number of pending cases before the court and the increasing wait time highlights that these additional teams are needed now more than ever.

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