Backlog At All-Time High in Federal Immigration Courts

The Dallas Morning News reports that federal immigration courts now face a record backlog. A report from Syracuse University says the backlog reached more than 445,000 cases at the end of April. That’s about a 30% jump from the beginning of the fiscal year in 2014 when the case backlog was about 100,000 less, says the massive Freedom of Information Act project known as the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). About 16% of the backlog comes from the huge flow of teens who crossed the border illegally and without parents last year. The flow has decreased to about half its peak level, but is still about as high as 2013.

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