In recent years, the backlog of immigration court cases has increased to over 1 million.
This means clients waiting for judges to decide whether they can continue living in the U.S. lawfully or not are often forced to wait 12, 18, 24 months from one hearing to the next.
Despite the claims of immigration reform opponents, the problem is not related simply to the influx of migrants and refugees trying to enter the United States.
An equal, if not bigger cause, has been government policies that stripped away the ability of immigration judges to exercise discretion regarding how to best handle deportation cases.
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