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DOJ works to ease ballooning immigration case backlog

5 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago Friday, January 31 2020 Jan 31, 2020 January 31, 2020 12:12 AM January 31, 2020 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By COLLEEN LONG
Associated Press

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) - At the headquarters of the nation's immigration courts, the focus is on how to make the immensely strained system more efficient. The Executive Office for Immigration Review is grappling with a backlog that has ballooned to 1 million deportation cases, a years-long wait for hearings and White House pressure. So it is buying real estate for new courts, creating an online filing system, streamlining training and hiring judges. And it still can’t keep up. Its monthly caseload more than doubled last October. James McHenry, who leads the office, says, “We are working on what we can control.”

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