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August 22, 2017

Immigration Court Backlog Hangs Over Trump's Reform Push
By Andrew Soergel

Andrew Arthur, a resident fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies and a former immigration judge in York, Pennsylvania, outlined the American legal system's already swamped immigration docket during an event at the National Press Club on Tuesday morning, joined by fellow immigration hawk and Heritage Foundation senior fellow Hans von Spakovsky and National Association of Immigration Judges Secretary-Treasurer Larry Burman. Citing ICE data, Arthur suggested more than 953,000 individuals live in the U.S. and have been given final orders of removal but have yet to be removed from the country. Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, meanwhile, indicated that more than 610,000 pending cases were currently awaiting action by U.S. immigration courts through June. That database also indicated the average individual involved in a currently pending deportation case has been waiting in line for 672 days nearly two years without resolution.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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