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The San Diego Union-Tribune
February 21, 2019

Trump plan fails to cut immigration court backlog, as caseload soars more than 26%
By Molly O'Toole


The Trump administration's controversial plan to shrink the ballooning backlog of immigration cases by pushing judges to hear more cases has failed, according to the latest data, with the average wait for an immigration hearing now more than two years. Since October 2017, when the Justice Department approved a plan aimed at reducing the backlog in immigration court, the pending caseload has grown by more than 26%, from 655,932 cases to just shy of 830,000, according to Syracuse Universityís Transactional Access Records Clearinghouse, which tracks data from immigration courts. Even that figure likely understates the backlog because it doesnít include the impact of the 35-day government shutdown in December and January. Because the systemís roughly 400 immigration judges were furloughed during the shutdown, some 60,000 hearings were canceled. Thousands were rescheduled, adding to the already long wait times.


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