The Obama administration is deporting undocumented residents at a faster rate than that of any other president. Meanwhile, many southern states are pushing forward with their own immigration laws designed to achieve maximum deportation, as well.
In all, there is a national backlog of about 270,000 immigration cases. And that is a big problem for the courts, Atlanta immigration lawyer Charles Kuck says.
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“We’re actually seeing far more cases because of the tough laws at the state levels. So the cases are getting slower here,” Kuck said. “So cases that should take four, five (or) six months are taking one and a half to two and a half years to get adjudicated.”
To help address the courtroom overload, both in the South and in other areas around the country, the Obama administration is trying to figure out which cases to pursue and which to drop, according to a memo released this summer by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) chief John Morton.
The New York Times reports the administration is finally implementing guidelines to actually implement the policies.
Kuck says if ICE starts uniformly dropping low priority cases, it could be a help to long backlogs. But the real problem, as he sees it, is money.
“We have a limited number of judges. There’s no additional funding to get more judges,” Kuck said. “There’s also a limited number of government lawyers, so as a consequence, more cases are coming through the system. So we have overburdened courts, overburdened judges and a delay in justice overall.”