City of Houston Experiencing Major Immigration Backlog

According to the Houston Chronicle, the city of Houston is experiencing a major immigration backlog that is leading to significant delays for immigrants and the court system. 

In fact, over the last three years pending cases in the immigration court system have jumped by 160 per cent, which is primarily responsible for the delays and is leading to immigration hearings being scheduled as far away as the end of 2014.

This pending case load increase represents a jump from 4,723 cases in 2009 to 12,280 in September of this year, according to data released by the data gathering and research organization at Syracuse University. Wait times for cases are now up to 453 days from 298 days three years ago.

The Department of Homeland Security has made significant efforts to remove cases that were pending involving illegal immigrants facing deportation but who have not committed any crimes and have lived in the United States for several years. However, this has not done much to lower the backlog of pending cases, which nationally is now at over 325,000.

According to the National Immigration Forum, an American immigration rights group, the government needs to begin “Focusing on delivering justice in the immigration courts, otherwise immigrants languish in detention, awaiting a hearing, while costs to the government mount.”

How can an immigration lawyer help?

According to the article, detained immigrants are less likely than non-detained immigrants to have an immigration lawyer.

If you want to immigrate to Houston or you are currently dealing with a pending deportation case in Houston, speak to a licensed immigration lawyer or immigration attorney as soon as possible. We can help you.

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