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"Women on the Run" May Face More Struggles Due to Court Backlog

B. Shaw Drake | Posted 11.03.2015 | Politics
B. Shaw Drake

The backlog leaves many women in a state of legal limbo for years, separated from children and loved ones and unable to move forward with their lives. On average, they will wait three years for their case to be resolved.

Immigrants Could Wait Until 2019 To Have Cases Resolved

AP | SETH ROBBINS | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Thousands of immigrants seeking legalization through the U.S. court system have had their hearings canceled and are being told by...

2015's Top 5 Civil Justice Issues

Sara Warner | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Sara Warner

Based on a survey of National Courts Monitor contributors and our best-guess analysis, the topic of "immigration courts" is a runaway winner for our "Tipping Points" civil justice issue for 2015, but we find some space for other concerns. Here's our top five emerging civil justice issues for 2015.

Immigration 'Court' Reform More About Justice Than Immigration

Sara Warner | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Sara Warner

President Obama may have "delayed" his promise for major immigration reform to accommodate the politics of the Nov. 4 midterm elections, but there remains an opportunity for massive improvement to the immigration "court" system. The reason that such measures can gain consensus support is the same reason that "court" must be in quotation marks.

Elise Foley

Honduran Mom Fleeing 'Horrific Acts Of Harm' Wins Asylum With Daughters | Elise Foley | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics

ARLINGTON, Va. -- An immigration judge granted asylum on Thursday to a Honduran woman and her children after the woman testified that she was beaten, ...

Backlogged Immigration Courts Speed Up Children's Cases

AP | AMY TAXIN | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Immigration courts are speeding up hearings for the tens of thousands of Central American children caught on the U.S. border afte...

The Government Shutdown Hurt Thousands Of Immigration Cases

AP | AMY TAXIN | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The federal government shutdown last year delayed more than 37,000 immigration hearings by months or years for immigrants already...

Already Backlogged Courts May Soon Be Thrown Into More Havoc

AP | LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ | Posted 12.22.2013 | Politics

MIAMI (AP) — The nation's already backlogged immigration courts might soon be thrown into more havoc as roughly half of their 220 judges will be eli...

Elise Foley

Record-High Court Backlogs Keep Immigrants In Limbo | Elise Foley | Posted 07.28.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Mark Pongo, a 32-year-old immigrant from Ghana, was released from detention earlier this month after 16 months -- or about 487 days -- a...

Immigration Justice: Biased, Irrational, Unfair

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 03.12.2012 | Politics
Bennett L. Gershman

The tens of thousands of decisions in immigration courts annually will almost never be seen or reviewed by a federal appeals court. Without transparency or accountability, the immigration court system hardly promotes public confidence that justice is being done.

How Immigration Courts Contaminate American Justice

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 03.07.2012 | Politics
Bennett L. Gershman

Is there a path to reforming the immigration justice system to ensure fairness? Given the deportation crackdowns and implementation of the Obama administration's Secure Communities initiative, it's unclear whether additional resources will make any significant improvement.

Elise Foley

Backlogs Climb In Immigration Courts | Elise Foley | Posted 08.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Immigration courts are too slow to keep up with the high number of undocumented immigrants detected by enforcement agencies, despite a n...

ICE Deporting More Immigrants Than Ever... or Are They?

Andrew Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Becker

As the rhetoric heats up this political season, the right has hammered the White House for being soft on immigration enforcement while the left has slammed Obama and ICE for being too tough