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October 28, 2019

Over 33,000 immigrants waiting for day in Bostonís immigration court
By Sarah Betancourt


For tens of thousands of New England immigrants, the long wait time for a day before an immigration judge has gone from bad to worse. For unaccompanied minors, or young immigrants who are in the US without a parent, the wait time has climbed to an average of 1,445 days, or almost four years, according to a recent report from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), a research center at Syracuse University. Immigrants in other categories, such as those waiting for green cards, asylum application, or special statuses are similarly dealing with backlogs of up to four years. The Syracuse research center says Trump administration efforts have failed to address a worsening backlog of immigration court cases. Overcrowded dockets are lengthening wait times beyond four years for the more than 1 million people waiting for their hearings to be scheduled.


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