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March 20, 2019

Families Not Causing Immigration Backlog, Syracuse U. Says
By Tiffany Hu

Immigrant families that have recently arrived at the southwest border are not the primary cause behind the growing immigration court backlog, as they only make up 4 percent of the pending caseload, according to new data from Syracuse University. The report circulated Monday by Syracuse’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, an independent and nonpartisan data research organization, found that only 35,006 cases involving newly arrived families comprise the court’s 800,000-case backlog. The number of families involved in these cases are actually “significantly fewer” than reported because each parent and child are counted as separate cases, even though they are likely to be heard and resolved together, TRAC said in its report. “This figure, of course, only reflects recently arriving families,” the report notes. “At the end of 2016 right before President Trump assumed office and tracking was discontinued, just 19 percent of the court's backlog were family cases.” Read more at: https://www.law360.com/articles/1140980/families-not-causing-immigration-backlog-syracuse-u-says?copied=1

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