U.S. Immigration Courts’ Backlog Exceeds One Million Cases

Article author: 
Michelle Hackman, Wall Street Journal
Article publisher: 
American Renaissance
Article date: 
20 September 2019
Article category: 
National News
Article Body: 
The backlogged deportation docket pending in U.S. immigration courts surpassed one million cases in August, despite the Trump administration’s varied attempts to cut back on asylum claims.
{snip} The figure has nearly doubled since President Trump took office in January 2017, when about 542,000 cases were pending.
The growing backlog is due in part to the surge of Central American families crossing the U.S.-Mexico border this year, with more people crossing illegally in May than during any other month in a decade. The Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration has also contributed, experts say.
The administration has pushed recent border-crossers to the front of the queue in an effort to deport them faster and send a message that unauthorized immigrants [illegal aliens] seeking asylum can no longer stay in the country for years, as their cases wend their way through the courts. That has had the effect of delaying court dates for asylum seekers who arrived in the country earlier....