In the wake of the recession in 2008, the immigration trends in the United States shifted quite a bit. The number of people entering the country fell, and it wasn't until recently that the numbers started to shift back to their pre-recession rates.
Over the last couple of weeks, we have taken a look at the immigration backlog problem. We talked about the astounding number of cases that are in limbo, and how financial resources are being funneled towards border control as opposed to judicial processes. We talked about the issues this backlog presents not just for the individuals at the center of the case, but also the judges.
In our last post, we talked about how there is a huge backlog for immigration cases. Financial resources are being prioritized in areas of enforcement, as opposed to the immigration court system. The amount of cases in backlog is staggering, and new case work keeps coming in -- to the tune of roughly 200,000 cases per year. Given the casework of a typical judge, stress and burning out are two very serious issues for immigration judges.
A few weeks ago, we wrote a post about the incredible backlog of asylum cases that US immigration courts are dealing with. In just the last four years, pending asylum cases have skyrocketed by 800 percent. Today, we're going to start a series of posts to look at the US immigration system as a whole, and why the backlog problem with our immigration system is unlikely to change anytime soon.
Upon first glance, you may think that an article titled "What rights do immigrants in the US have?" would be an enlightening and interesting read, providing answers to the complex questions that often surround the world of immigration law. However, this article, though informative, fails where many before it have: providing clarity on such a complex issue is nearly impossible.