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Tucson Sentinel
December 10, 2018

Trump administration asks Supreme Court to implement asylum ban
By Paul Ingram

There are more than 200,000 asylum cases that have yet to be reviewed, representing about 26 percent of the courts' total backlog of nearly 767,000 removal cases. This is the largest backlog in history, and follows a long-term trend that began under the Clinton administration, but has accelerated in the past four years. Overall, people could wait nearly three years before their case is heard in federal immigration courts. In Arizona alone, there are around 9,800 immigration cases backlogged in Arizona, around 8,300 in Phoenix and around 730 in Tucson, according to figures compiled by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a non-partisan project at Syracuse University. And, denials are growing at a faster clip. In 2018, immigration judges denied 65 percent of claims, up significantly from six years ago when denials were just 42 percent, TRAC said.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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