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March 21, 2019

The American Bar Association is sounding the alarm that US immigration courts are 'on the brink of collapse'
By Michelle Mark

A massive and rapidly growing backlog of hundreds of thousands of cases is just one of many systemic issues bearing down on the immigration system, the report said. Equally as pressing are the "under-resourced, over-worked" judges and court staff expected to handle the cases, a politicized judicial hiring process, and presidential policies that "threaten due process." Just over 400 immigration judges across the country are facing more than 855,000 open deportation cases, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse that Syracuse University maintains. That number has skyrocketed in the last 10 years. In 2009, there were just 220,000 open cases.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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