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September 15, 2021

By the numbers: Speeding border asylum cases
By Steph W. Kight

The Biden administration now has nearly 17,000 migrants assigned to special courts dedicated to processing families seeking asylum quicker. Why it matters: New data from Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) gives another sign of just how many migrants including families have been crossing the U.S.-Mexico border to claim political asylum. Nearly 12,000 migrants were added to the docket in August, according to TRAC. Two-thirds of the more than 16,700 cases have been assigned to just six judges, portending new backlogs in a process designed to circumvent them. One Boston immigration judge was assigned 129 cases in one day. What they're saying: Multiple advocacy groups have condemned the administration's return to so-called "rocket dockets" for migrant families. There's concern the cases are decided too quickly not giving migrants a fair shot.

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