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Chicago Tribune
June 6, 2016

Backlogs in immigration courts keep asylum seekers in limbo for years
By Jeanne Kuang

The number of pending removal cases in the nation's immigration courts has steadily grown over the past 10 years, from about 170,000 in fiscal year 2006 to over 485,000 this fiscal year, according to records analysis by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. The backlog has stretched out the wait times for immigrants hoping to stay in the country, leaving them in legal limbo for years as they await their day in court. At Chicago's courthouse, the average case has a wait time of 1,046 days, according to the Syracuse clearinghouse.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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