Immigration court backlog grows to new record

Article author: 
Nancy Lofholm
Article publisher: 
The Denver Post
Article date: 
11 July 2014
Article category: 
Colorado News
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Cases pending in immigration courts across the country have reached an all-time high, fueled in part by a high number of cases involving juveniles.

Colorado, with 7,760 cases pending, is not in the top 10 of clogged-court states, but Colorado does have a higher wait time than the average. The average wait time in the Denver-based immigration court is now 715 days, compared with 587 days nationwide.

The latest court figures were compiled by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a data research organization at Syracuse University.

TRAC reported Thursday that the nationwide court backlog is now at 375,503 cases. That is more than 50,000 cases higher than at this time last year ...