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Human Rights First
March 15, 2016

The U.S. Immigration Court: A Ballooning Backlog that Requires Action

As of January 2016, 474,025 cases were pending before the immigration courts within the Department of Justiceís Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR). The courtís caseload hovered between 150,000 and 200,000 from FY 2001 to FY 2006, according to government data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) of Syracuse University. In FY 2007, the number of pending cases began to rise, but the number of immigration judges on the bench increased only slightly, from 210 in FY 2007 to 256 at the end of FY 2015. Even after increasing capacity to 265 judges in FY 2011, the backlog has continued to grow steadily..........[Citing TRAC research].

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