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May 24, 2019

Overworked, Understaffed Immigration Courts Face 900,000-Case Backlog
By TCR Staff

Immigration courts face a backlog of nearly 900,000 cases because there aren’t enough judges to handle a caseload that is growing astronomically. An analysis of immigration dockets across the nation by the Transactional Records Access clearinghouse (TRAC) found that the logjam means that some hearing dates were being scheduled three years from now. “The three largest immigration courts were so under-resourced that hearing dates were now being scheduled as far out as August 2023, in New York City, October 2022 in Los Angeles, and April 2022, in San Francisco,” TRAC said. The study focused on the 25 courts that account for some 92 percent of the nation’s current immigration backlog, noting there is no sign that federal policymakers are making an effort to hire enough judges to cope with the load.

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