Immigration Courts Unable to Handle Case Load

Categories: Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

Immigration courts in many areas are already hopelessly backlogged. Arizona’s new law combined with the increased enforcement of federal immigration laws has created a huge burden on the immigration courts. Phoenix for example has 3 immigration judges. Individuals awaiting a final deportation hearing must await 1 to 3 years before getting their chance before a judge. Chicago has almost 9000 cases awaiting the immigration court system, resulting in a backlog of over a year. That is a very long time to have a chance to argue your case, especially for individuals sitting in custody seeking asylum. Many other areas have similar backlogs. More resources and more judges must be assigned as delays like this in our immigration court system are unacceptable.