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September 22, 2020

Dysfunction in Immigration Courts System Leads to Growing Case Backlog During the Pandemic

Under the Trump administration, the backlog of pending immigrant deportation cases has grown from roughly 500,000 in 2016 to more than 1.2 million in 2020. But while prior to the pandemic, immigration courts were completing roughly 40,000 cases a month, in recent months the total has slowed to just around 6,000 per month. And a lack of clear planning and messaging from the federal agency overseeing immigration courts has added an additional layer of confusion to the system with immigrants, attorneys, and even judges often having to find out over Twitter whether a court is open or closed. For the next part of our ongoing series, “Justice Delayed,” The Takeaway is delving into what’s been happening within the immigration court system during the pandemic. Joining the show to discuss is Austin Kocher, a faculty fellow at Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse

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