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July 20, 2022

Immigration Agencies Get Hit with Record-High Lawsuits as Delays Worsen
By Leslie Dellon

Lawsuits asking courts to order government employees to decide long-pending immigration filings have increased sharply in the past year. According to a recent report by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), in May 2022 the federal courts recorded 647 immigration-related lawsuits for agency delay. This is “the highest number of such cases filed in a single month since at least October 2007, the earliest date for which TRAC has data.” TRAC examined data for mandamus and similar civil actions for “immigration-related applications.” A mandamus action compels a government officer or employee to issue a decision when a person has a clear right to receive the decision, the government officer or employee has a clear duty to decide, and the person has no other adequate legal remedy.

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