|(07 Jun 2011)
Despite the hiring of 44 additional immigration judges during the past twelve months, the number of cases awaiting resolution before the Immigration Courts has continued to grow.
By the beginning of May 2011, the backlog reached a new all time high of 275,316 matters, according to an analysis of very timely court data by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). The case backlog grew 2.8 percent in the four months since the end of December 2010, and is now 48 percent higher than levels at the end of FY 2008. The average length of time cases have been waiting increased to 482 days, compared with 476 days at the end of December 2010.
More on this topic, including a list of the courts to which the 44 new judges were appointed, can be found in TRAC's latest report on the Immigration Courts:
Released with this special report is an update to TRAC's Immigration Court Backlog Tool, which provides a way to obtain case backlogs and waiting times in each state, court, and hearing location. This information is also available by nationality. For the Immigration Court Backlog Tool, go to:
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