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TRAC: Immigration Court case backlog at all-time high

August 13, 2010

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According to a recent analysis of very timely court data by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), the number of cases awaiting resolution before the Immigration Courts reached a new all-time high of 247,922 matters by the middle of June 2010. The case backlog has continued to grow—up 2.1 percent—since TRAC’s last report three months ago, a third higher (33.1 percent) than levels at the end of fiscal year (FY) 2008. The average length of time cases have been waiting has increased to 459 days.

TRAC is a data gathering, data research and data distribution organization at Syracuse University. The purpose of TRAC is to provide the American people—and institutions of oversight such as Congress, news organizations, public interest groups, businesses, scholars and lawyers—with comprehensive information about staffing, spending and enforcement activities of the federal government. 

TRAC’s latest report on the Immigration Courts can be viewed at Released with this special report is an update to TRAC’s Immigration Court Caseload 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 Caseload Tool, visit:

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