Immigration Backlog of Cases Skyrockets Thanks to Trump’s Shutdown

Immigration cases were rising under President Trump’s administration, but due to the government shutdown, the cases have skyrocketed to 829,608.

Immigration attorneys are receiving hearing notices for cases scheduled as far as 2022.

Below is a statement from the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR):

“Through the end of December 2018, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) had 821,726 cases pending in 65 immigration courts and adjudication centers nationwide, as indicated here. The number of pending cases has risen by over 350 percent since FY 2009 and by about 50 percent since FY 2016. 

A number of factors have contributed to this trend, including a significant increase in asylum applications. Additionally, new cases filed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) increased by almost 70,000 in FY 2017, and new case filings remain at historic highs. 

EOIR remains committed to a multi-level strategy to reduce the growing backlog, improve efficiency in our courts, and maximize our adjudicatory capacity, while maintaining due process.

We are aggressively working to strengthen and improve the functioning of our immigration court system by hiring additional judges and support staff, implementing performance measures and completion goals long recommended by multiple agencies, increasing the use of video-teleconference capabilities, and launching electronic filing.

These efforts are showing results. After seven years of declining or stagnant case completion numbers between FY 2010 and FY 2016, EOIR’s case completions increased by nearly 14 percent in FY 2017 and by almost 20 percent in FY 2018, even though its net number of immigration judges hearing cases increased by only 3 percent in FY 2018.

The difference between new cases filed by DHS and cases completed by EOIR fell by almost 18 percent in FY 2018, after two years of increases, including a 56 percent increase in FY 2017.

EOIR now has 409 immigration judges nationwide, and has hired more immigration judges since Jan. 20, 2017, than it hired total between FY 2010 and FY 2016. EOIR expects its completion numbers to continue to increase as many of the 71 immigration judges hired in the past five months are just beginning to hear full case dockets. 

Available statistics on pending caseload broken down by immigration court for FY2017 (Table 1, Page 9) can be found here. We expect the FY2018 Statistics Yearbook to publish in a few weeks.”

Alexander Hernandez
Twitter @mcatty_alex

Government Sexual Assault Statistics on Migrant Children in Custody

Representative Ted Deutch released statistics on allegations of sexual assault on migrant children who crossed the southern border.

The thousands of minors alleging sexual assault, 4,556 within the last four years, are the migrant children that are separated from their families.

The allegations claim this occurred while in the care of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement

Read: And the Border Wall Lawsuits Begin- Read the Lawsuit of 16 States Against President Trump

The documents were obtained from the Department of Health and Human Services and dates back to Obama’s presidency, starting in 2015. It should be noted that HHS contracts out with local shelters for the children in custody.

The documents reveal that 178 incidents of alleged sexual assaults were done by staff, the rest by the other minors in custody.

“These documents detail an environment of systemic sexual assaults by staff on unaccompanied children,” said Deutch in a House Judiciary Committee meeting Tuesday. “These documents tell us that there is a problem with adults, employees of HHS, sexually abusing children.”

Read: How Trump Increases Immigration Crime to Justify the Border Wall

Below is a prior post where subpoenas will be issued by the House to investigate President Trump’s family separation policy.

The statistics published by Rep. Deutch can be seen below.

Alexander Hernandez
Twitter @mcatty_alex

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Alexander Hernandez is a practicing attorney since 1999 who enjoys blogging about politics when he is not riding his motorcycles or playing golf. He is also an Amazon best selling author.

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