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Center for Immigration Studies
January 9, 2019

If You Don't Fund Judges, Don't Complain About Backlogs
By Andrew R. Arthur

You have to give credit to the Trump administration when it's due. The increased pace of arrests of people living in the country illegally, combined with the order to reopen suspended cases, has pushed the backlog of pending immigration court cases to nearly 1.1 million, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse [TRAC] at Syracuse University. That's more than double the backlog when Trump took office, and comes despite a 30% increase in the number of immigration judges. No president in history has overseen such a huge buildup in cases. President Obama? The best he could do was 630,000 cases. Trump is so #WINNING when it comes to gumming up the immigration courts.

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