Wednesday, May 17, 2017
The Immigration Court backlog keeps rising. As of the end of April 2017, the number of cases waiting for a decision had reached an all-time high of 585,930. See Figure below. On average individuals have currently been waiting 670 days, and may have to wait much longer before their cases will be heard. Nine courts that currently account for a quarter of this backlog require some individuals to wait for more than four additional years from now before a hearing is scheduled. The Immigration Court in San Francisco with nearly 42,000 backlogged cases has some individuals waiting for more than five additional years—as much as 1,908 days longer—for their July 21, 2022 hearing date.
Viewing these figures from a different perspective, the existing large backlog and extraordinary wait times mean that some individuals are not scheduled to have their day in court until after President Trump's current four-year term in office has ended. And we are only a little more than 100 days into his four-year term.
These findings are based upon the very latest case-by-case court records—current through the end of April—that were obtained under the Freedom of information Act and analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University.