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The Washington Post Exposes Sorry State of Immigration Courts

The Washington Post Exposes Sorry State of Immigration Courts

This week, the Washington Post ran a front page article drawing attention to the fact that our nation’s immigration courts are operating in crisis mode.  The immigration courts are so overcrowded that judges are forced to make split-second decisions regarding complex legal issues, calling into question whether the court system is fairly administering justice.  The [...]

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Dollars and Lives Lost in the Wait for Immigration Reform

Dollars and Lives Lost in the Wait for Immigration Reform

Two-and-a-half months after the Senate passed immigration reform legislation (S. 744), the House of Representatives continues to dawdle. Other than giving speeches and mulling over a few backward-looking, enforcement-only bills, the House has done nothing to revamp the broken U.S. immigration system or to realistically resolve the status of the 11 million unauthorized immigrants now [...]

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How Budget Cuts From Sequestration Will Affect The Nation’s Immigration System

How Budget Cuts From Sequestration Will Affect The Nation’s Immigration System

The U.S.’s immigration system, already burdened by application processing backlogs and insufficient funding for immigration courts, could become even more unwieldy if the government must slash its budget on March 1. Sequestration – a package of across-the-board government spending cuts totaling $85 billion this year and $1.2 trillion over the next decade – likely will [...]

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Survey: Asian Americans Concerned with Legalization, Family Backlogs

Survey: Asian Americans Concerned with Legalization, Family Backlogs

In the current debate, immigration is often depicted as a Latino issue.  This is partially because just over half of America’s foreign-born population is from Latin America and the Caribbean, and the current political climate around immigration is largely seen as being driven by Latino turnout for Democrats in the 2012 election.  But this depiction [...]

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Watchdog Report Offers Misdiagnosis of Immigration Court Backlog

Watchdog Report Offers Misdiagnosis of Immigration Court Backlog

With more than 325,000 cases pending at the start of October, our nation’s immigration courts are indisputably operating under a crushing backlog. The only question is whether and how it can be resolved. In a little-noticed report issued in early November, the Inspector General of the Justice Department levied a number of criticisms regarding the [...]

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Author of Torture Memos Challenges Legality of DACA

Author of Torture Memos Challenges Legality of DACA

As a high-ranking Justice Department attorney after 9/11, John Yoo authored an infamous legal memo arguing that the President, as commander-in-chief of the armed forces, possessed irrevocable authority to order the torture of alleged “enemy combatants.” Although the memos were subsequently revoked, Yoo has remained an ardent defender of presidential power—except, it appears, when it [...]

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Immigration Court Backlog Keeps Growing (and Growing, and Growing…)

Immigration Court Backlog Keeps Growing (and Growing, and Growing…)

Two recent reports from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) contain discouraging news about the backlog in our nation’s immigration courts. One noted that the number of pending removal proceedings has reached a record high, while the other reported that a relatively small number of cases have been closed through the exercise of prosecutorial discretion. [...]

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How Overburdened Immigration Courts Can Be Improved

Written by on July 12, 2012 in Access to Counsel, Backlogs, Courts, Immigration Law with 0 Comments
How Overburdened Immigration Courts Can Be Improved

By Naike Savain Immigration courts are notorious for significant backlogs and lacking sufficient resources to timely and justly adjudicate the hundreds of thousands of removal cases pending before them. And, despite recent announcements that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is exercising prosecutorial discretion in some removal cases, immigration courts throughout the country struggle to [...]

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Immigration Case Backlog Reaches All-Time High, Report Shows

Written by on August 1, 2011 in Backlogs, Courts, Detention with 1 Comment
Immigration Case Backlog Reaches All-Time High, Report Shows

As the U.S. continues to pour money into immigration enforcement and detention, the resources necessary for the immigration court system to keep up with enforcement have not been appropriated. In fact, a record number of immigration cases—275,316 as of May 2011—are in the Immigration Court backlog according to a recent report by the Transactional Records [...]

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CIS Report Marred by ‘Deception and Disorder’

Written by on May 24, 2011 in Backlogs, Courts, Restrictionists, Rhetoric, USCIS with 0 Comments
CIS Report Marred by ‘Deception and Disorder’

By Anam Rahman In a report issued earlier today, the restrictionist Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) took aim at problems facing the U.S. immigration court system—a topic worthy of serious discussion. Unfortunately, as with many of CIS’ publications, today’s report combines dramatic rhetoric and unsubstantiated data with ill-conceived solutions. While it is unlikely the report [...]

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