Immigration Court Backlog Rises for Another Year
(08 Dec 2011) The number of cases awaiting a resolution before the Immigration Courts reached a total of 297,551 at the end of September 2011. According to the very latest data obtained and analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), that total represents a new all-time high, up 4.3 percent from just two months earlier. Average wait times decreased slightly over the same period, down to 489 days from 490 days at the end of July, 2011.

The case-by-case records obtained from the Immigrations Courts under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) show that only 8.3 percent of the pending cases involved a charge of engaging in criminal activities, actions adverse to national security or aiding terrorism -- a fraction which has fallen from 9.1 percent over the previous year. Those charged with violating immigration rules made up 91 percent of all cases, and their numbers have climbed sharply through the year.

Using TRAC's updated app, you can get information about backlog and wait times by charge on all of the cases filed in the Immigration Courts. In addition, you can drill down to the state, court, hearing office and nationality for both backlog and wait times.

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