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November 15, 2021

Immigration Court Backlog Reached Nearly 1.5M in October
By TCR Staff

The backlog of cases in the nation’s immigration courts has risen to nearly 1.5 million in the last nine months, continuing a growth spiral that has been largely unchecked through two presidential administrations, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) of Syracuse University. The figures culled from court records show that although some 21,000 immigration cases were resolved by October of this year nearly 50,000 new cases were added to court dockets over the same period. That means, in effect, that for every resolved case so far this year, two new ones have appeared in court dockets. The total backlog, currently 1,486,495 cases, “continues to grow each month,” TRAC reported. The backlog of cases reported so far this year was only slightly higher than for the same period last year, TRAC figures showed.

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