26 November 2010

Report finds US immigration court cases in Massachusetts take 615 days to be resolved

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The Massachusetts immigration court is experiencing some of the longest delays in America with unresolved cases pending an average of 615 days, a report that analyzes court records has found.

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A new report has found that the Massachusetts immigration court has some of the longest delays in the country.

Long delay time in Boston court, which serves all New England states except Connecticut, is most striking because this court’s jurisdiction encompasses a region with far fewer immigrants than other states.  Nationwide the delay time is on average 456 days.

The Massachusetts delays have been attributed to the high number of cases and a shortage of judges and support staff to handle the complex immigration matters.

In Boston, six judges are juggling 8,642 cases, around 1,440 each, at the end of September, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.

Immigration judges hold hearings on whether foreigners accused by the Department of Homeland Security of violating immigration laws should be allowed to stay in the United States and issued a US Visa or be deported.

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