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Immigration court backlog at all-time-high

Immigrants throughout the nation who are facing deportation can expect to go through an immigration court. During the period of time between receiving a notice and the court date occurring, those who are facing the hearing can feel as though their lives are limbo. Accordingly, in many instances those who find themselves in this position would prefer that their day in an immigration court happen in a timely manner. As those who are currently in this position are likely well aware, the waiting period is anything but timely.

The long period of wait is due to the number of cases currently in the immigration system. The number of pending cases is currently at 445,706. An all-time-high, that number represents an increase of 30 percent as compared to the number of pending cases on Oct. 1, 2013. Florida ranks in the top 5 states when it comes to immigration court backlog.

While there are of course people from many different countries that make up the backlog, specifically those from Central American countries have grown. The number of backlog cases is up 143 for Hondurans, 92 percent for Salvadorians and 63 percent for Guatemalans.

At least some of the backlog can be attributed to the large numbers of unaccompanied minors who recently made their way across the border and into the United States.

If you are facing immigration court the outcome is not a foregone conclusion. Working with an immigration lawyer could be the difference between remaining in the U.S. and being deported.

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