CityWatch recently published an article on the Los Angeles Immigration Court and how it illustrates the problems with the federal immigration court system as a whole. From complex immigration laws to overcrowded courtrooms, cases move through the immigration court system more slowly than anyone can imagine. The already-existing backlog of cases, combined with more aggressive enforcement tactics by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has almost come to a standstill. In one case, a judge advised an immigrant that his deportation hearing was scheduled for November 1, 2018; in another case, the hearing was scheduled for February 3, 2020. According to one source, there are almost 599,000 outstanding immigration court cases and the average wait for a hearing is 670 days. Even the judges are stressed beyond belief ; they tend to experience job burnout very quickly, given the large docket that they are support to handle on a daily basis. Meanwhile, immigrants hang in limbo for years, all the while working, supporting their families, and continuing to build a life for themselves, even if only on a temporary basis. The expansion of immigration enforcement has only added to the case backlog. Under the Trump administration, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has greatly increased the guidelines for arrested immigrants without legal status. In fact, one order instructs agents to arrest anyone whom they suspect to be an immigrant without authorization to be in the country. They also can arrest anyone who appears to pose a risk to national security or public safety, a standard that will almost certainly lead to racial profiling. Overall, there is no longer a priority on arresting unauthorized immigrants who have committed crimes; rather, the priority is to arrest any and all immigrants who have no legal status, regardless of their history, their criminal background (or lack thereof), or their current circumstances. At Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., we have represented the interests of countless clients who are facing deportation proceedings, but who wish to remain with their families in the United States. Fortunately, there are many remedies that may be available if you are facing deportation charges. We will aggressively investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding your case, and help you settle upon the option that is best calculated to allow you and your family to live where you choose. Contact our experienced deportation defense attorneys today, and learn how we can help.