Border backlog: America’s broken immigration courts
June 9, 2015
With the number of pending immigration cases at over 455,000 and rising, judges fear an implosion
Even as border enforcement gets tighter little money and attention is paid to the courts that actually process and adjudicate the cases of those who are caught. Money going to border enforcement increased 105% in the last 12 years, to $18.7 billion. Immigration court spending has risen too, but not as much. It's up 74% to almost $350 million dollars. With half of all immigration judges eligible for retirement and no financial relief in sight, there are signs of an impending disaster.