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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 granted bail. Lozada-Castillo’s two convictions for driving […]

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 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 […]

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 recent years, changes driven in part by surging […]