TRAC: Rising immigration case backlog continues
According to an analysis of very timely court data by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), despite the hiring of 44 additional immigration judges during the past 12 months, the number of cases awaiting resolution before the Immigration Courts has continued to grow.
By the beginning of May 2011, the backlog reached a new all time high of 275,316 matters, according to TRAC. The case backlog grew 2.8 percent in the four months since the end of December 2010, and is now 48 percent higher than levels at the end of fiscal year 2008. The average length of time cases have been waiting increased to 482 days, compared with 476 days at the end of December 2010.
More on this topic, including a list of the courts to which the 44 new judges were appointed, can be found in TRAC’s latest report on the Immigration Courts: http://trac.syr.edu/immigration/reports/250.
TRAC is a data gathering, data research and data distribution organization at Syracuse University. The purpose of TRAC is to provide the American people—and institutions of oversight such as Congress, news organizations, public interest groups, businesses, scholars and lawyers—with comprehensive information about staffing, spending and enforcement activities of the federal government.