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June 26, 2018

Immigrants can wait 4 years for a deportation hearing: Here's where Portland, other cities rank
By David Cansler

The Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building in downtown Portland Portland has the 16th longest wait time in the country for a hearing in immigration court, according to national data maintained by Syracuse University in New York. The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse is a non-partisan organization that uses public records to tabulate a variety of federal enforcement activities. TRAC offers data on 152 immigration court locations nationally with 25 or more pending cases each. The average wait in Portland is 1,107 days, or three years, which is longer than people can expect to wait in New York, Dallas or Los Angeles. Deportation hearings are for people the government is seeking to remove on allegations they don't legally belong in the United States. The statistics below combine available "Days already waited" data with how much longer, on average, people have to wait until their hearings are scheduled ("More days until hearing"). Hearings not yet scheduled are assigned the last hearing date currently scheduled when computing average overall wait time. TRAC's researchers note that hearings may end up being rescheduled, so these statistics are merely projections based on the court's hearing schedule as of the end of May 2018.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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