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US Immigration Backlog Hits Unprecedented 3 Million Pending Cases

The Immigration Court backlog in the U.S. surpassed three million pending cases last month amid a continued crisis at the Southern Border.

According to a report from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, the three million pending cases reported in November include one million that were added within the previous 12 months. In comparison, the backlog in September 2016 was sitting at 516,031 cases, roughly one-sixth of the current total, according to an analysis by TRAC. The 278 immigration judges at the time, during the final fiscal year of the Obama administration, completed an average of around 750 cases each year while the average caseload assigned was 1,850 per judge. The backlog accelerated during the Trump years, the report highlighted. The backlog grew two and a half times more by September 2020, during the final fiscal year of the Trump administration, compared to September 2016. During this time, the number of judges also grew to 484, and average pending caseloads were around 2,600 per judge.

The number of new judges hired accelerated during the first three years of the Biden administration, with a total of 682 immigration judges now sitting on the bench. Each judge also closed an average of around 975 cases during the latest fiscal year, a closure rate nearly a third greater than seven years ago during the final year of the Obama administration.

Despite having more judges and higher case closures per judge, the judges still have not been able to keep pace with the number of incoming cases. Because of this, the average caseloads of the 682 judges on the bench have risen to 4,500 per judge.

Fox News’ Griff Jenkins reported that Eagle Pass, Texas, was overwhelmed with migrants Monday night when more than 4,000 illegally crossed the Southern Border, on top of the more than 4,000 already in custody.

Source: MSN