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Seattle Post Intelligencer
August 14, 2017

WA among top states for immigration cases, backlog booms
By Daniel DeMay

A new look at immigration cases by location found that Washington has among the most pending cases in the nation, and national data shows a backlog that's growing fast. The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University created a new mapping tool that showed three in four U.S. counties have pending immigration cases (roughly 78 percent), and 39 states have more than 1,000 cases pending. Washington has more than 10,000 cases, with the largest shares in Seattle and Tacoma, according to the report. California had the most of any state, with more than 111,000 pending immigration cases. But perhaps more staggering than the number of pending cases is the backlog in immigration courts that has grown in the last year. At the end of May, immigration courts had 598,943 cases awaiting a decision. That's an increase of more than 100,000 from a year prior, when the court backlog tallied 492,978, according to data from TRAC

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