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The number of cases awaiting resolution before the Immigration Court climbed to a new all-time high of 445,607 as of the end of April 2015, according to very timely government court data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). The case backlog has risen 9.2 percent since the beginning of this fiscal year when the backlog was 408,037. The backlog is 29.5 percent higher than it was at the beginning of fiscal year 2014, at which time only 344,230 cases were waiting in the Immigration Court.

Top Nationalities in Immigration Court

While cases involving individuals from Mexico still comprise the single largest nationality group, the backlog of these cases has risen only 3.7 percent since the start of FY 2014. Among the top five nationalities, the highest growth rate of 142.7 percent occurred for individuals from Honduras, followed by those from El Salvador (up 92.4%) and Guatemala (62.5%). In marked contrast, the number of cases involving individuals from China in the backlog actually fell 2.4 percent over this same period.

Top States with Immigration Court Backlog

California, Texas, and New York lead the nation with the largest numbers of backlogged immigration cases, followed by Florida and New Jersey. However, growth rates among these varied from a 63.9 percent jump in New Jersey since the beginning of fiscal year 2014, to just a 14.8 percent growth in California.

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