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Thursday, 08 November 2012 17:08

Immigration Court Backlogs Increase Exponentially

Written by  Troy Sim
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According to the Houston Chronicle's, Unreal Backlog of Immigration Cases Crowd Dockets, the Houston Immigration Court's case volume has increased from 4,723 in 2009 to 12,280 at the end fiscal year 2012, an increase of 160%. 

This increase in case volume has led to longer wait times from 298 days in 2009 to 453 days in 2012 for an individual to have his day in court. For some who may not have an immediate relief from removal available in immigration court, this is a blessing as they are permitted to remain in the United States while their cases remain pending. For others, it is a painful wait to have their relief from removal decided by the immigration judge. And worse, for those who are in detention, the wait may become unbearable and they throw up their arms and decide to give up.


Troy Sim

Troy Sim attained his Bachelors of Arts (B.A.) in Government from The University of Texas at Austin in 1995 where he was inducted into the national political science honor society, Pi Sigma Alpha. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D) from The University of Houston in 1999 and is licensed as an attorney and counselor at law by the Supreme Court of Texas. He is admitted and qualified as an attorney in the federal courts of the U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of Texas (Houston region), Northern District of Texas (Dallas-Fort Worth region), and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Website: www.simlawoffice.com

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