Immigration Courts Overwhelmed: Backlog Up 300%; System “On Brink Of Collapse”


ABA President Bob Carlson: “Our nation’s immigration system is broken. Tinkering around the edges will not fix it. We need fundamental reform in every aspect of the system.”

760K pending cases at the end of the fiscal year 2018 and many will be no-shows when called to appear. This situation is already well beyond “the brink.”

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“Today the immigration courts are facing an existential crisis. In light of the fundamentally changed nature of the threat to the immigration court system, the overall conclusion … is that the current system is irredeemably dysfunctional and on the brink of collapse.”

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Washington Examiner:

The American Bar Association is warning of an “existential crisis” over the unprecedented surge in the number of immigration cases clogging up courts.

In a new 176-page report that repeatedly raps the Trump administration’s policies, the ABA said that the backlog in immigration courts is over 1 million.

“Crucially, the number of cases pending before the immigration courts (which were about 262,000 cases at the time of the 2010 Report) has increased to unprecedented levels. There were more than 760,000 pending cases at the end of FY 2018 and an additional 330,000 cases that could be returned to active dockets in short order,” it said in revealing the latest accurate numbers.

Without fast changes, the lawyer’s group added, the immigration court system will collapse. President Trump has sought to increase the corps of immigration court judges. More

Sounds like an emergency to me. Shutdown the border until further notice. This report validates there is a crisis of illegal immigration that must be stopped. The USA is in the midsts of an existential struggle.

We need to stop letting them “cross illegally, and then turn themselves in to claim asylum” with or without a child. Mexico is the first safe country, so apply for asylum there or go to the consulate there.

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