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December 19, 2018

Immigration Court Backlog Grows By 50% Under Trump
By Suzanne Monyak


The number of cases pending before U.S. immigration courts has ratcheted up by nearly 50 percent under the Trump administration, according to new data released Tuesday by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. According to TRAC, an independent and nonpartisan data organization, the immigration courts' active docket topped off at 809,041 cases by the end of November a marked increase from the 542,411 on the courts' docket at the end of January 2017, when President Donald Trump took office. That figure does not include the 330,211 previously completed cases that were ordered reopened after former Attorney General Jeff Sessions in May revoked the power of immigration judges to administratively close cases, following his review of a Board of Immigration Appeals decision. If those additional reopened cases, which have been placed on the pending rolls but not on the active docket, are eventually added to the docket, the immigration court case backlog will increase to more than 1 million cases, almost doubling the backlog from when Trump took office, according to TRAC.


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