Thursday, July 10, 2014

Juvenile Cases Help Push Immigration Court Backlog to New High

As of the end of June 2014, the number of cases awaiting resolution before the Immigration Courts has climbed to an all time high of 375,503 -- an increase of more than 50,000 since the start of FY 2013 -- according to very timely government enforcement data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University. California has the largest backlog (77,400 cases), followed by Texas (62,143) and then New York (55,010).

Wait times have also lengthened: the average time a pending case has been waiting in the Immigration Courts of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is now up to 587 days. For each pending case, many more days are likely to elapse before a hearing takes place and an Immigration Judge can determine whether the individual can be deported.

Preliminary figures indicate that the number of cases involving juveniles has climbed to 41,640, with more arriving daily. As of the end of June 2014, the court backlog for juveniles from Guatemala is the largest with 12,841 cases, closely followed by Honduras (12,696) and El Salvador (12,162).

To view annual backlog trends as well as the ten states with the largest backlog as of the end of June 2014, see the latest TRAC snapshot report.

For more details by location and by nationality, including average wait times, use TRAC's immigration backlog tool.


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