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Immigration courts have huge backlog of cases

A report by Brad Heath of USA Today reveals that the nation's immigration courts "are now so clogged that nearly 90,000 people accused of being in the United States illegally waited at least two years for a judge to decide whether they must leave, one of the last bottlenecks in a push to more strictly enforce immigration laws." In the worst cases, immigrants remain in jail until their fate is determined. USA Today reviewed court dockets from immigration court cases completed between 2003 and mid-2008. These records only list completed cases, so it is impossible to know how many long-delayed cases are pending.

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