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The Washington Post
May 1, 2019

Burgeoning court backlog of more than 850,000 cases undercuts Trump immigration agenda
By Nick Miroff and Maria Sacchetti

The Executive Office for Immigration Review, which runs the country’s immigration courts, is hiring judges faster than ever before. Attorney General William P. Barr told lawmakers last month that the administration has hired more immigration judges than in the previous seven years combined. “We now employ the largest number of immigration judges in history,” he said. “That is having an impact on immigration cases,” he added, citing increases in case completions. But the system is still falling behind because of the surge at the border. As of March, the average immigration case had been pending for 736 days, according to Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) center, which compiles immigration court data.

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