Saturday, March 21, 2015

Immigration Court Caseload Going Up and Up

Earlier this week, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Statistics Yearbook.  We have  been providing some snapshots of the the data.

Immigration Court Completions by Language: The Top 5

Asylum Grants by Country of Nationality: The Top 25

Immigration Court Case Completions: Representation by Counsel Increases over the Last Five Years

Pages W1-3 of the EOIR Statistics Yearbook includes data on pending cases in the immigration courts and Board of Immigration Appeals.

The number of pending cases in the immigration courts has grown by 59% since FY 2010 and by 18% since the end of FY 2013.

Immigration Court Pending Cases

FY10       262,681

FY11        298,088

FY12        327,506

FY13        356,030

FY14        418,861

The New York City and Los Angeles immigration courts have the most pending cases by quite a margin, with both having more than 50,000 cases pending.

The heavy immigration court caseloads has led well-know immigration judge Dana Marks to question the legitimacy of the decisionmaking.


In contrast, BIA pending cases decreased by 28% from FY 2010 to FY 2014 and has declined each year since 2011.

BIA Pending Cases

FY10       30,133

FY11        30,329

FY12       24,822

fy13        22,941

fy14        21,843


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