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April 17, 2019

Deportation order for girl, 11, shows immigration court woes
By Suzanne Gamoa

In a report in March, the ABA said that since its 2010 review of the court system, things had worsened “considerably.” The same issues identified then persist nearly a decade later: inadequate staffing, training and hiring; growing backlogs; inconsistent decision patterns among judges, particularly in asylum cases, and adoption of video-conference technology that impedes fair hearings. The situation, it said, has been exacerbated by years of congressional inaction while enforcement has increased under the Trump administration. Some 855,000 immigration cases were pending as of Feb. 28, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearing House at Syracuse University, which gathers and publishes judicial system data. That’s more than 300,000 that were pending at the end of January 2017, when President Donald Trump took office.

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