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Los Angels Times
April 9, 2018

Forcing judges to meet quotas won't reduce immigration court backlogs. It will undermine due process
By Editorial Board


There is no dispute that the nation's immigration court system is drowning in its own caseload. It began under the Obama administration's ramped-up efforts to deport people in the country illegally who had recently crossed the border or who had criminal histories, and accelerated under President Trump's campaign to roust as many undocumented people as he can. Over the past two years the backlog of active deportation cases has increased from 516,000 to 685,000, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, and the cases have taken, on average, almost two years each to be decided 711 days.


Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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