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August 17, 2021

Fast-track ‘dedicated docket’ is slowly adding asylum-seeking migrant families during surge
By Sandra Sanchez

Just two months into a new expedited federal immigration court process, nearly 5,000 migrants have already been placed into a fast-track “dedicated docket” program that works to process immigration cases in under 300 days, according to a research organization. Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), a Syracuse University research institute that tracks immigration court cases, on Tuesday reported that by the end of July, about 1,700 migrant families totaling about 5,000 people had been placed into the program, which started at the end of May. That’s an average of 150 migrants per day added to the court’s workload and assigned to special hearing locations. And nearly half — 41% — are from Ecuador and were sent to courts in New York City and Newark, N.J., TRAC found. But TRAC notes that the numbers assigned to the program pale in comparison to the migrant encounters that U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have made during that time period — most in South Texas in the Rio Grande Valley.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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