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November 7, 2018

After an ugly campaign for immigrants, some midterm wins spark a glimmer of hope
By Tania Karas and Monica Campbell

Sessions took that rare step to review individual immigration cases, setting new precedence for immigration judges about how people who claim asylum on the basis of domestic violence are treated. Immigration judges protested his decision in that case. The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University found that, under Sessions, the backlog has grown to more than one million pending cases. Much of that increase comes from a decision Sessions made to reopen more than 300,000 cases that immigration judges had previously closed.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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