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Miami immigration courts struggle with backlog of over 23,000 cases

The backlog of immigration cases in courts in Miami are growing. Why are these cases increasing at unusual rates? The new administration has resulted in a shift of culture within the courts. Courts are forced to shift from a focus on discretion with each individual case to one of enforcement.

The entire country is struggling to manage the growing number of cases. Recent numbers put immigration cases backlogged throughout the country at over 500,000. This is up significantly from the 113,702 backlogged cases reported in 1998.

Miami is one specific city that is facing some of the largest numbers. The city recently reported 23,045 backlogged cases. Based on current trends, this number has likely grown since the report.

Why is the backlog of immigration cases growing? USA Today discussed the issue. The piece shared the story of a specific immigrant navigating the system. The woman had no criminal record and had born three children in the United States. While at her hearing, she requested "prosecutorial discretion." Under the Obama administration, this translated to the Department of Homeland Security refraining from pushing for deportation of the individual, as the individual did not pose a threat to the country.

Times have changed. Directives issued by the current administration are much more inclusive, resulting in the majority of immigration cases leading to deportation.

What can I do if a loved one is facing deportation? Those who know a loved one facing the threat of deportation are wise to recommend legal counsel. An experienced attorney can represent the person facing removal proceedings, advocating for their interests and making sure that all legal remedies are thoroughly explored to help better ensure that your loved one can remain within the country.

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