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February 10, 2017

#19. @realDonaldTrump: You plan to hire 10,000 more immigration officers. Are you also expanding immigration courts? #100Days100Qs
By Angilee Shah

At one point at the end of 2016, 40,000 people were being held in 637 detentional facilities, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University. Others are fitted with ankle monitors or are in other programs to track them. The budget for our immigration court system, which conducts removal proceedings and is the venue by which people can make their cases for immigration status, by contrast, is about $420 million (PDF). Most of the people who have hearings in the courts do so without attorneys to represent them. Through the end of 2016, the number of pending cases was 533,9090, according to TRAC. (Here's more about that backlog.) There are 291 immigration judges to handle the load.

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