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November 7, 2019

Immigration Judges' Union Asks White House for Accurate Asylum Data
By Todd Beamon

Syracuse University last month reported that caseloads of immigration court judges continue to grow, creating waits as long as four years for some aliens to just schedule an asylum hearing. Examining the Justice Department's EOIR data, Syracuse's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) found the average wait time to for scheduling a hearing was 1,450 days. Backlogs have grown steadily since President Donald Trump took office in 2017, the report found. In her statement, Tabaddor said the TRAC data confirmed "the experience of our judges, who find time and again that DOJ's recent data does not match the reality we see in our courtrooms. "This is not a dispute about numbers on a spreadsheet," she said. "It's about getting the facts we need to make decisions affecting real people in our courtrooms. "Missing or garbled data is unacceptable and the Department of Justice needs to fix this problem right away."

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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