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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 agency’s 59 courts. The backlog has been steadily rising in recent […]

By Lomi Kriel A Houston immigration judge who hasn’t heard cases for 10 months in the overwhelmed downtown court is no longer employed by the Department of Justice, a spokeswoman said Thursday. Judge Mimi Yam, who came to Houston from San Francisco in 2004 and had an unusual allergy to […]

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 caseloads and wait times. These backlogs mean hundreds of thousands of […]