130 miles from Austin, immigration court decides fate of thousands

By Philip Jankowski – American-Statesman Staff PEARSALL — A Central Texas welder named Jorge Lozada-Castillo sat in a small courtroom holding headphones to his ears as he listened to the Spanish translation of a judge’s decision. No, the judge decided, he wouldn’t be...

Federal Immigration Court Backlog Tops 500,000 Pending Cases

The backlog in the federal immigration court system has eclipsed half a million pending cases, The Associated Press has learned. The Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review said Wednesday there are now 500,051 pending immigration cases in the...

Justice delayed: Immigration courts drown in backlogged cases

By Kendal Blust U.S. immigration courts nationwide are struggling under severe backlogs, despite the addition of nine immigration judges announced in February. Immigration spending has not kept pace with money spent on border enforcement, leaving courts with steadily increasing...

Salvadorans Catching up to Mexicans in U.S. Immigration Court Filings

By Jacob Gershman The number of immigration court cases involving foreign nationals from El Salvador has almost caught up to the total from Mexico. The latest data on deportation proceedings from the U.S. immigration court system underscores how migration flows have shifted in...

F-1 OPT STEM Extensions Unchanged by Court Order

In 2008, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published an Interim Final Rule to extend the period of F-1 post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) from 12 months to 29 months for graduates with degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). On...

Immigration: 445,000 awaiting a court date, which might not come for 4 years

Driven by last summer’s surge of illegal immigration from Central America, the already large backlog in federal immigration courts has reached an all-time high, with more than 445,000 pending cases, according to a new report. As of April, the backlog hit 445,706 cases, a nearly...

The Obama administration gets some good news on its immigration lawsuit

A federal circuit court on Tuesday threw out a state lawsuit against the Obama administration over its executive actions on immigration. No, not that lawsuit. The Obama administration’s 2014 executive actions on immigration — which would allow millions of unauthorized...

Appeals court sides with Obama over 2012 deportation program

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit against an Obama administration program delaying deportations of certain illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. The unanimous opinion from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals comes as a separate...

U.S. court hears states’ suit against Obama immigration plan

(Reuters) – A federal judge in Texas heard arguments on Thursday in a lawsuit brought by two dozen states that seeks to block Obama administration efforts to reduce the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants. The case led by Texas and supported by...
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