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November 9, 2016

Growing Number of Immigration Cases in RGV Causing Backlog

The Rio Grande Valley is getting more judges to help ease the load in the U.S. immigration courts. There are currently only seven judges handling more than 4,000 cases in the Valley. Although help is on the way, experts said it might not be enough. Dozens keep arriving at Sacred Heart Church’s respite center in McAllen. It’s a haven for people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. Honduran native Lourdes Ordonez is one of many who came to the U.S. seeking a better life for her family. “We are going to back up why we are coming to this country, and we are going to contribute to society the same way we used to do in our country,” she said. However, new numbers from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University shows Ordonez would wait for 18 months before she sees an immigration judge.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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