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February 27, 2020

Immigration Appeal Filing Fees May Go Up More Than 700%
By Andrew Karpan

Back in 1986, the office had deliberately set the fees for a number of immigration-related applications below the amount needed to cover its full costs, citing the public policy interest that it served, according to that year's Federal Register. Last August, Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse found that the EOIR's immigration court backlog surpassed 1 million cases, compared to a backlog of 262,000 in 2010. But lawyers working with immigrants in that system say that dramatically raising fees for immigrants, who are often in detention while their cases are being tried, prevents them from being able to exercise their legal rights.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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