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Center for Immigration Studies
July 22, 2016

Immigration Court Backlogs and the Smuggling of Alien Women and Children
By Dan Cadman

Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) has issued a report showing that despite the addition of new immigration judge resources, the backlog of removal docket cases in the national immigration court system administered by the Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review (DOJ EOIR) continues to grow. As of the end of June, TRAC tells us the backlog is at an all-time high of 496,704 — just short of the half million case mark. With the new additions, there are now 273 immigration judges to handle this staggering caseload. Number of Cases Pending in Immigration Court, FY 1998 - FY 2016, TRAC Immigration According to TRAC, nearly a third of the docket involves allegedly high priority “unaccompanied minor” (69,278) and “women with children” (74,502) cases.

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