Immigration Courts Face Unprecedented Backlog

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Federal immigration courts around the country are backlogged with nearly half a million cases. That’s the biggest number judges have ever seen. California has the highest number of pending cases. The situation undermines the court’s entire mission. People with weak cases can end up staying in the U.S. for years, waiting for their day in court. And people with strong cases remain stuck in the shadows.

Credits

Guest:
Dana Leigh Marks - National Association of Immigration Judges

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Jolie Myers, Matt Holzman, Anna Scott, Christian Bordal