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October 25, 2019

Syracuse University Data: Immigration Caseloads Soaring
By Todd Beamon

Despite the Trump administration's hiring of more judges and other policies, caseloads of U.S. Immigration Court judges continue to grow creating waits as long as four years for illegals to just schedule an asylum hearing, according to Syracuse University data released Friday. The average wait time for scheduling a hearing is 1,450 days, or more than four years, according to data complied by the university's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), and backlogs have grown steadily since President Donald Trump took office in 2017. In analyzing per-case records, TRAC found that 542,411 cases were pending before immigration judges in the first year of President Trump's term. But by Sept. 30, 2019, the backlog had grown to 1,023,767 "active" cases. The number, however, rises to 1,346,302 when cases that have not yet been scheduled are added. The TRAC data also show that the year-over increases are growing.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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