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Fort Worth Star-Telegram
August 13, 2021

Texas to Get Immigration Court Help

This time last year, much of the nation’s political energy was focused on Texas’ southern border, as a torrent of mostly Central American migrant women and children poured into the United States by the thousands. While the influx of undocumented workers has subsided, whether due to enhanced enforcement, as some Texas leaders would like to claim, or for other reasons, the number of immigration cases languishing in federal courts has swelled. According to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, the number of cases awaiting resolution has risen 9.2 percent nationwide during the current fiscal year, and reached an all-time high of more than 445,000 in April. Texas has almost 77,000 pending cases, second only to California. The Lone Star State’s caseload has jumped 58.3 percent since the beginning of fiscal year 2014. Houston leads the state with more than 32,000 backlogged cases; Dallas has close to 8,000 cases still awaiting resolution.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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