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Houston Chronicle
July 7, 2021

Texas has a huge logjam in immigration cases. Can 33 judges in Houston fix the problem?
By Gabrielle Banks

Before Trump’s presidency 500,000 cases were backed up in immigration court. Judges now face a national backlog of 1.3 million cases. Austin C. Kocher, a professor and immigration researcher who has studied the federal courts through the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University said ICE officials ramped up deportation filings at Trump’s direction and hired more judges for expediency. “The Trump administration had a very clear agenda,” he said, “They wanted to increase the number of deportations.” ICE officials created hundreds of thousands of deportation cases in the last two years alone, Kocher said, and continued to file more cases during the pandemic.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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