Backlog in Immigration Cases Continues to Climb

Cases awaiting a hearing in the nation's Immigration Courts reached an all-time high of 228,421 in the first months of fiscal year 2010, according to very timely government enforcement data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), a Carnegie Corporation of New York grantee.

The current number of pending cases is up 23 percent just since the end of FY 2008, and 82 percent higher than it was ten years ago.

TRAC's analysis of the data also showed that the average time these pending cases have been waiting in the Immigration Courts of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) inched up to a new high of 439 days.

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