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.
We're going to conclude this series today with general discussion about the problem, and why people who are going through immigration action (may it be by their own choosing, or being pressed upon them by the immigration system) need legal help to get through this.
Having an immigration case go into backlog isn't inherently a problem. But once the backlog becomes so great that it snowballs and seems never-ending -- much like how it is today -- then it is most definitely a problem. So now when someone's case goes into backlog, it may mean that they have to wait years to have their case settled.
During that waiting period, the individual needs to abide by certain rules, and if the courts or immigration agencies reach out to contact them, they need to handle that in an appropriate fashion too.
Should you be contacted -- or if you have to go to court or meet with an immigration officer as a part of your immigration case -- you should consult with an experienced immigration attorney first. They can go with you to your court dates or meetings to help the process along.