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89.33 KPCC
December 30, 2015

Immigration courts complete more cases, but big backlog remains
By A Martínez and Dorian Merina

For the first time in six years, the number of completed cases at the nation's busy immigration courts has risen, perhaps turning a corner on the long-standing backlog of cases. That's according to federal data obtained by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC, that finds that judges completed 198,105 cases in 2015, up 7.3 percent from the previous year. The data also shows a continued shift in where migrants are coming from with Mexico dropping by nearly 10 percent while Central American countries – such as Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador – taking a bigger share of the court's docket. Mexico still represents the largest number of cases overall.

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