Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers: Immigration Backlog at an All Time High

The backlog of immigration cases pending in federal immigration courts has reached more than 500,000, the highest number ever recorded. The National Association of Immigration Judges cites several factors in the drastic increase of immigration cases: changing immigration patterns, too few immigrations judges to process cases, and increasingly complicated immigration laws.

The greatest surge in immigrant populations includes young women and children fleeing Central American counties like El Salvador and Guatemala. They are largely seeking asylum and fleeing the gang violence that plagues their countries. Over 200,000 cases have been added to federal immigration court dockets since 2011 alone.

Nearly one-third of immigrants waiting to be processed are recent arrivals. With the recent swell of people entering America and fewer than 300 immigration judges throughout the United States to process them, a backlog of cases is inevitable.

The long list of cases means that immigrants may wait months and even years for their cases to be heard, a scary prospect for those living in limbo. Newer cases are much easier for judges to navigate as opposed to those that are years old. Most at risk are asylum seekers who have not yet been granted asylum and are unable to bring their families into the U.S.

Human Rights First, a non-profit, non-partisan human rights advocacy organization offers some recommendations for tackling the immigration case backlog. They call for the immediate addition of at least 150 immigration judges and support staff employees to chip away at the caseload. They also propose the regular addition of at least 75 judges for the next two years. Congress has already addressed the immigration bottleneck by allocating funds to hire 90 new immigration staff, including judges.

Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers at Surin & Griffin, P.C. Advocate for Those Seeking a Better Life in America

 The immigration court system can seem overwhelming to those seeking refuge in the U.S. Leaving family members behind while you wait for your case to be heard is extremely difficult. Philadelphia immigration lawyers at Surin & Griffin, P.C. will approach your case with experience and compassion. Call our Philadelphia offices at 215-925-4435 to schedule a consultation about your case. You can also contact us online. We serve clients throughout the Philadelphia area including Bala Cynwyd, Merion Station, Darby, Wynnewood, Sharon Hill, Upper Darby, Narberth, Folcroft, Cheltenham, Clifton Heights, Lansdowne, Glenolden, Drexel Hill, Elkins Park, Havertown, Norwood, Ardmore, Holmes, Essington, Wyncote, Prospect Park and throughout Delaware County, Montgomery County, and Philadelphia County.