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TRAC: Pending Immigration Court cases reach an all time high

May 25, 2010

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The number of cases awaiting resolution before the Immigration Courts reached a new all time high of 242,776 matters at the end of March 2010, according to an analysis of timely court data by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). The case backlog has continued to grow—up 6.3 percent—since TRAC’s last report four months ago, and is nearly a third higher (30.4 percent) than it was a mere 18 months ago. The average length of time cases have been waiting increased to 443 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 http://trac.syr.edu/immigration/reports/232/.

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 http://trac.syr.edu/phptools/immigration/court_backlog.

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