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Washington Free Beacon
October 4, 2017

Justice Department Announces Success of Immigration Judge Surge
By Charles Fain Lehman

The immigration court backlog remains a substantial burden on the justice system and on the process of deporting illegal immigrants. The most recent data, provided by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, found some 632,261 pending cases (these data are current through August 2017). That represents a 22.5 percent increase from 2016, when there were 516,031 cases. The backlog in immigration courts is highest in border states California—18.8 percent of cases—and Texas—15.9 percent of cases. There is also a substantial backlog in New York state—13.5 percent.

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