Channel 5 News is reporting that immigration courts are starting to make headway in the huge backlog of deportation cases, thanks to some much-needed federal funding. For example, in the Rio Grande Valley, three new immigration judges have been appointed, bringing the area’s total to ten judges to handle the thousands of pending cases. The Trump administration placed one judge at Port Isabel and two judges at Harlingen. As of March, 2016, the Port Isabel immigration court had 238 pending cases, which rose slightly to 277 cases as of August, 2017. Likewise, the Harlingen immigration court had 4,514 cases pending in 2016, which has decreased substantially to 2,428 pending cases in 2017. While one immigration attorney practicing before the Rio Grande Valley immigration courts agrees that additional judges can assist with the existing backlog of cases, there still are significant delays that can be helpful or harmful to the immigrant’s case, depending on the situation. For instance, a senior immigration judge rescheduled one of her cases due to a technical issue, and the next court date will not occur for a year. On the other hand, however, one case was reset for trial in only three weeks, which the attorney thought was an insufficient amount of time to prepare the case for trial. Despite the progress that apparently has been made in the Rio Grande Valley immigration courts, however, progress remains slow in other areas of the country. Overall, some sources report that the immigration case backlog remains at an all-time high. When Trump took office in January, 2017, the total number of cases was about 540,000. As of the end of July, 2017, the number of backlogged cases had grown to over 617,000. Historically, this is the first time that the number of cases has crossed the 600,000 mark, according to the Transactional Records Action Clearinghouse (TRAC), a researcher center at Syracuse University, which tracks official federal government data. Whether you have a pending deportation case or have been newly detained, we are here to help. The deportation defense lawyers of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. have handled countless deportation defense claims on behalf of individuals who have been detained and charged with removal. We know how devastating it can be for individuals to be detained and separated from their families. 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 legal consultation.