Immigration Judge Shortage Spawns Record Backlog

By Matthew Bultman (May 22, 2015, 8:00 PM EDT) -- Understaffed and underfunded, federal immigration courts are not equipped to handle the influx of new cases they receive each year, pushing an already large backlog into an all-time high of over 445,000 cases, according to a report Thursday.

As of April, the Immigration Policy Center counted a backlog of 445,607 cases, almost 183,000 more than the courts faced five years ago. The average removal case has been pending for more than 600 days, the report said.

Titled "Empty Benches: Underfunding of Immigration Courts Undermines Justice," the report blamed the problem on several factors but highlighted a shortage of immigration judges as...

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