A recent report from the Associated Press states that according to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review, the backlog of cases in the federal immigration court system now has reached over 500,000. This backlog has developed over a number of years, but more than 200,000 cases have been added to the court system since 2011, due in part to unaccompanied children and families illegally flooding the Mexican border. However, the backlog also has grown from the more than 51,000 people traveling as families and more than 43,000 unaccompanied children, mostly coming from Honduras, El Salvador, or Guatemala. At the rate the backlog is growing, many expect that the backlog will only get larger in the years to come. As a result of this backlog in U.S. immigration courts, many immigrants who are facing deportation proceedings must wait for multiple years for a final decision by an immigration judge. During that time period, the circumstances of some immigrants can change dramatically, which can have significant positive or negative effects on their pending immigration cases. Immigration judges themselves are frustrated with the backlogged system, as well, since their jobs have been much more time-consuming and difficult as they attempt to handle cases over a period of as many as seven or eight years. Although the federal government reportedly has hired additional immigration judges and is in the process of hiring many more, even substantial increases in immigration court resources are unlikely to solve the backlogged case problem in the near future. The deportation defense lawyers of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. have handled countless deportation defense claims on behalf of individuals who are charged with removal. We know how devastating it can be for individuals to face potentially being forced to return to a country where they previously were persecuted, where they no longer have family or a home, or where they will experience significant violence and unrest. We care about you and your family, and we want to help you remain in the country. Call our office today to set up your free evaluation.