The number of cases awaiting resolution before the Immigration Courts reached a new all-time high of 261,083 by the end of September 2010, according to very timely government enforcement data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). The case backlog has continued to grow — up 5.3 percent — since TRAC's last report three months ago, and more than a third higher (40%) than levels at the end of FY 2008.
Wait times declined slightly since our last report. The average time these pending cases have been waiting in the Immigration Courts of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is now 456 days, compared with 459 days at the end of June this year. Newly arriving cases, of course, have just joined the queue, so their wait times as yet are short, and this can bring down the average.
Full details — by state, nationality, Immigration Court and hearing locations — can be viewed in TRAC's backlog application, now updated with data through September 27th, 2010.
For comparisons with TRAC's earlier reports examining the volume of cases, wait times, and how these compare with the current number of Immigration Judges available to handle this growing caseload see August 2010, May 2010, March 2010, June 2009 and July 2008 reports.
Read more at http://trac.syr.edu/immigration/reports/242/
Source: TRAC Reports, Inc.
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