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Los Angeles Times
March 29, 2019

Migrant families in U.S. custody are sleeping on the ground under a bridge in El Paso
By Kate Linthicum

U.S. officials and migration experts say the countryís border infrastructure simply isnít equipped to deal with this new wave of border crossers. After all, the Border Patrolís mission is to detect people seeking to illegally enter the United States, not house and process thousands of asylum seekers each day. Similarly, the countryís overburdened immigration judges arenít equipped to quickly try the hundreds of thousands of asylum cases the U.S. expects to see this year. There are currently more than 855,000 immigration cases awaiting adjudication, according to Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, meaning asylum applicants wait on average more than 700 days to see a judge.

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