How America’s immigration court backlog can affect your case

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

June 22, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – The Justice Department has announced plans to dispatch judges to the border to speed up removal proceedings for the tens of thousands of undocumented children who crossed the border.

This development comes as the border crisis is expected to strain even further already over-burdened immigration courts.

As of the end of June, the 59 immigration courts across America run by 243 judges had a record back-log of more than 375 pending cases, according to data from Syracuse University.

With this added strain, immigrant advocates now ask what the government can do to make sure immigrants who are set to face immigration courts are not further buried into the backlogged system.

Bay Area immigration attorney Ted Laguatan said it currently takes three to four years for a deportation case to go to court for an individual hearing. The wait could take longer as court resources are stretched thin. That could mean good news for anyone facing deportation and bad news for others.

“Some cases will be delayed and so forth, giving relief to people in deportation proceedings,” Laguatan said. “But those who have US citizen spouses or have children who aged out at 21, it will also delay their cases because only the judge can grant them adjustment of status if their case is already in court.”

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  • Kuya
    22 October 2014 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    Load all the illegals in one boat and return them to their respective countries…. Everybody should follow the rules….

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