Putting TRAC to Work
  News Organizations
October 3, 2018

Early Arrival: NYC Immigration Courts Have Country’s Worst Backlog
By Max Siegelbaum

New York City immigrant courts had 99,919 pending cases at the end of August, giving them the biggest backlog of any other court in the country. The number is nearly double the amount of pending cases in 2014 (54,964), according to new data from Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has proposed instituting quotas to force judges to work through cases faster. But judges have challenged the solution, saying it affects their independence. This backlog can sometime mean a longer time in detention. For example, a Jamaican woman who says she was tortured and raped by her uncle has been detained in Hudson County, New Jersey for nearly a year and a half, despite a judge finding her credible.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
Copyright 2018
TRAC TRAC at Work TRAC TRAC at Work News Organizations News Organizations