|(24 Mar 2020)
Just under 100,000 cases were added to the Immigration Court's active backlog since the beginning of FY 2020. A total of 1,122,824 cases are now pending on the court's active docket as of the end of February 2020.
This is up from 542,411 cases when President Trump assumed office. When 320,173 inactive pending cases are included, the court's current backlog now tops 1.4 million cases.
Each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico are home to residents with deportation cases currently pending before the Immigration Court. Forty-three (43) out of fifty states have at least 1,000 deportation cases currently pending before the court. Even within states, immigrants in removal proceedings reside in more counties than ever before. Altogether at least 2,733 counties have residents in removal proceedings. Of these, 686 counties have 100 or more such residents and 176 have 1,000 or more.
Los Angeles County in California tops the list with the most residents waiting their hearings - 63,847. This is followed by Harris County in Texas where Houston is located with 51,687. Queens County in New York City ranks third with 37,428 residents waiting for hearings. In fourth place is Miami-Dade County in Florida with 27,921, followed in fifth place by Kings County in New York City with 22,559.
The full report, including a map of all counties, focuses on just where immigrants live who are waiting for their fate to be decided by an immigration judge. This analysis is possible because of a year-long and ultimately successful effort by TRAC to convince the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) to release the information needed to restore TRAC's reporting on where immigrants with Immigration Court cases live.
To read the full report, including additional details on all 176 counties with 1,000 pending court cases or more go to:
TRAC has just restored user's ability to examine the immigrant's residence in all deportation cases before the Immigrant Court. Updated through February 2020, TRAC's online tool is particularly powerful because users can drill in by county and state of residence and examine not only how many cases there are, when they began, and their outcome if closed, but such factors as how long immigrants have lived in the U.S., their nationality, custody status, hearing location, hearing attendance, and whether individuals were represented. Go to:
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