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The Wall Street Journal
September 18, 2019

U.S. Immigration Courtsí Backlog Exceeds One Million Cases
By Michelle Hackman

The backlogged deportation docket pending in U.S. immigration courts surpassed one million cases in August, despite the Trump administrationís varied attempts to cut back on asylum claims. The backlog this year has grown at a record pace, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, which tracks immigration court data. The figure has nearly doubled since President Trump took office in January 2017, when about 542,000 cases were pending. The growing backlog is due in part to the surge of Central American families crossing the U.S.-Mexico border this year, with more people crossing illegally in May than during any other month in a decade. The Trump administrationís crackdown on illegal immigration has also contributed, experts say.

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