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December 21, 2021

Immigration Court Data Shows Backlog Tops 1.5M Cases
By Mike LaSusa

The backlog of cases pending in the U.S. Department of Justice's immigration court system continues to break records, topping 1.5 million cases for the first time ever last month, a Syracuse University research organization reported Monday. Data published by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse shows the backlog at the court system run by the DOJ's Executive Office for Immigration Review grew by more than 70,000 cases in November, reaching a new all-time high of nearly 1,560,000. "There hasn't yet been a historical period where that number has gone down," TRAC research associate professor Austin Kocher told Law360. "Trends being what they are, I would expect it to continue to go up." The backlog has increased nearly tenfold over the past two decades, according to data published by the organization, which uses government records to compile its numbers.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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