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February 6, 2022

83,000 Afghans Made It To The US. Now They Need Lawyers
By Marco Poggio

When asylum seekers are refused asylum by USCIS and they lack any other legal status in most cases they don't they get referred to immigration courts, where they have to fight deportation. Immigration courts are already overloaded, and already heavy backlogs have worsened because of pandemic shutdowns and staff shortages. The current backlog for asylum is approximately 1.6 million cases, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a research institution based at Syracuse University.

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