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March 16, 2020

Coronavirus measures: Boston immigration court postpones some hearings as judges, attorneys, prosecutors call for courts to close
By Steph Solis

The immigration courts have a massive backlog that continue to grow under President Donald Trump, who ran on a promise to crack down on immigration. When Trump took office, there were already 542,411 cases pending before immigration judges, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. By Sept. 30, the backlog had surpassed 1 million active cases. At the end of fiscal 2019, the Boston immigration court had 28,463 pending cases, according to TRAC. The projected wait time for those cases to be adjudicated was more than three years. The New York City immigration court topped the list for the largest backlog in the country with more than 102,000 pending cases. As of the fall, hearings were being scheduled five years out. While immigration courts across the country implement these restrictions, attorneys, judges and immigration advocates are calling on the federal government to close the courts.

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