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November 27, 2020

U.S. Has Largest Immigration Court Backlog On Record & Texas Is More Behind Than Any Other State
By Stella M. Chávez

More than 1.27 million immigration cases in the U.S. are pending – the most on record — and Texas leads the country with a backlog of 205,391 cases. That’s according to Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, a program that obtains and analyzes government immigration data. The partial court shutdown due to COVID-19 is one of the reasons for the growing number of pending cases. Currently, only some immigration courts are open, while others are open only for filings and hearings for detained migrants. Though the pandemic hasn’t help, it’s not the only reason for the backlog.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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