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January 19, 2024

Immigration courts clearing cases at 50% higher rate amid backlog
By Meghan Butler

Immigration judges completed double the amount of cases during the first quarter of 2024 compared to the same period a year ago, according to data collected by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. The data gathering and research organization from Syracuse University found that almost 200,000 cases were completed between October and December 2023, compared to the 132,000 cases completed during the same time the year prior. The increase in completions is crucial as immigration courts have faced a backlog that has grown by a million cases over the past year. At the end of December 2023, 3,287,058 active cases were pending before the immigration courts. While the hiring of new immigration judges accelerated during the first three years of the Biden administration, judges have still been swamped trying to keep up with the flow of incoming cases. Each of the 682 judges now on the bench face an average of 4,500 cases per judge. According to Transactional Records, the amount of people with pending immigration cases is larger than the population of Chicago the third largest city in the United States.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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