The backlog for U.S. immigration court cases reached an all-time high with 242,776 cases pending after the first six months of fiscal year 2010 starting in October, according to the data released yesterday by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.
According to the organization, the length of time cases have been
waiting increased to 443 days.
Illinois has the fifth highest number of backlogged cases in the
U.S., behind California, New York, Florida and Texas, with 8,696 cases
waiting after the first two months of fiscal year 2010.
Illinois immigration cases are held in Chicago, and the biggest number
of backlog is faced by Mexicans, with 3,851 of them awaiting trial.
Back in April 2005, The Chicago Reporter examined the issue of
appeals in immigration court for people seeking asylum. The number of
U.S. cases backlogged then was a mere 56,000, with about 10,000 cases
waiting at least three years to be reviewed.