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December 24, 2020

Immigration court backlog hits record levels as hearings postponed due to COVID-19
By Julian Resendiz

The backlog at U.S. immigration courts reached a record 1,281,586 cases at the end of November, as new filings continue to outpace completions, according to a new report. Immigration courts received 29,758 new filings in October and November, while closing out only 15,590, says the report by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University. Immigrants also are waiting much longer for their cases to be resolved, with wait times hovering around 500 days now and expected to shoot up to 750 days (more than two years) in 2021.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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