Immigration Courts Backlogged

Katie Pavlich
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Posted: Feb 14, 2011 11:45 AM
Immigration courts are seeing a record high number of cases. In some states the wait time for a case to be heard is over two years.

President Obama said the following when asked whether he believes in American exceptionalism:

"I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism."

It is hard to believe the immigration courts would be experiencing so much backlog from people trying to experience the American dream if America was not an exceptional country.

From FoxNews:

By the end of last year, the number of cases awaiting resolution in Immigration courts was roughly 268,000, according to Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a non-partisan research organization the operates out of Syracuse University.

The case backlog was 44 percent higher than it was in 2008, TRAC found.

The average time these cases had been pending, TRAC said, was 467 days.
California led states with the longest wait time – 639 days, followed by Massachusetts with 615 and Nebraska with 511 days.

Among the countries with the most people involved in Immigration Court cases, people from Armenia had the longest wait – 886, nearly twice the national average of 467 days, the report said.

Other nationalities that waited the longest were Indonesians, Albanians, Iranians and Pakistanis.