Note from OOV: Could this backlog have anything to do with the actions Obama took and failed to take in his first days in office? I recall his long delay in appointing immigration judges as early as 2009. In 2011 Obama reassigned 81 immigration court prosecutors to other non-immigration duties. Why? Was it part of his unconstitutional plan to delay the deportation of millions of illegal aliens in hope of turning them into future democrat voters?
DAILY CALLER — The number of illegal aliens waiting for their day in a U.S. immigration court has more than doubled since President Obama took office.
According to Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), the backlog reached an all-time high of 496,704 at the end of June.
That’s up from a backlog of 223,809 immigration cases that were pending at the end of the 2009 fiscal year, when Obama took office.
According to TRAC, the average wait time for an immigration case also reached an all-time high of 672 days. That’s up from 430 days in 2009 and 643 last year.
The massive influx of unaccompanied alien children from Central America beginning in 2014 has contributed significantly to the backlog.
[dcquiz] TRAC found that 29 percent of pending immigration court cases involved unaccompanied minors or women with children. Such cases are deemed high priority and have led to delays for other immigration cases.
In states like Texas, which bore the brunt of the Central American surge, average wait times have grown at a much quicker pace than the U.S. as a whole.