Immigration Court Backlog Growing, Despite Hires: Report

By Allissa Wickham (May 16, 2017, 9:03 PM EDT) -- The number of pending cases in immigration courts has hit a new record of over 580,000, according to a Monday report from a Syracuse University research organization, which noted the backlog is persisting despite a recent hiring push for immigration judges.

There were 585,930 pending immigration court cases as of April, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, which is a Syracuse University data organization. The group also tracks the average time cases have been sitting in immigration court, and as of last month, it was 670 days.

Some courts are more backlogged than others, and have later hearing dates. In...

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