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New TRAC Report: Immigration Courts Taking Longer to Reach Decisions

November 11, 2010

During the past year, Immigration Courts took 20 percent longer to act on cases than they did the previous year, according to very timely government enforcement data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). The average number of days it took to dispose of cases decided during FY 2010 was 280 days, 47 days longer on average than completion times for FY 2009.  Depending upon the nature of the court’s decision, average times varied between 140 days for removal orders to 696 days for grants of relief.

For further details — including decision times for specific types of outcomes — view the report at: http://trac.syr.edu/immigration/reports/244/

Accompanying this special report is TRAC’s Immigration Court Outcomes Tool that for the first time ever provides a way to view the numbers of completed cases and outcome decision times for each state, court, and hearing location. This information is also available by nationality. For the Immigration Court Outcomes Tool as well as other immigration data tools and applications, go to: http://trac.syr.edu/immigration/tools/

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