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July 23, 2017

Trump Immigration Crackdown Straining Courts, Advocates Say
By Andrew Rafferty

“Judges very carefully manage their dockets,” said Dana Leigh Marks, president of the National Association of Immigration Judges. “Taking control away from the judges and reassigning them has a very disruptive impact on the court.” Part of that disruption, Marks said, is growing the country’s backlog of cases. The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University found that the number of pending immigration cases swelled to more than 610,000 last month. Immigrants waited an average of 672 days for their cases to be resolved in 2016, according to The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. Marks says that number will likely grow as more judges face reassignment.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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