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Immigration law court is currently backlogged

The rates of deportation of immigrants who lack the proper paperwork have gone up at the federal level for the first time within the past eight years. The increase in deportation rates shows that federal officials are indeed serious about expelling large numbers of immigrants, including those in New York, under immigration law. However, the problem is that the Immigration Court is currently backlogged, so some hearings are not scheduled to take place until July 2022.

The lengthy delays are taking place because immigration courtrooms do not have enough judges. There are a little over 300 judges for a whopping 617,000 backlogged cases. In addition, resources are scant. Right now, the average amount of time to finish a deportation case has increased from just over 230 days in 2009 to a whopping 525 days in 2017.

Overwhelmed judges are having to make decisions concerning women and men who have been victims of rape and torture. For some of these immigrants, their children have been abused or have had to witness horrific acts. In some situations, they fear being murdered if they go back home.

Immigration law is complex, which only adds to the backlog problem. Unfortunately, in the current legal environment, immigrants who do not have the proper paperwork may feel insecure about their futures, even if they are in the process of pursuing U.S. citizenship or another legally recognized status. An attorney in New York can help with this process to make sure that one's wishes and rights are upheld and protected from start to finish.

Source:, "Immigration: Crisis in the Courts", Sept. 25, 2017

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