Court of Appeals Swamped With Immigration Appeals

May 2, 2005

According to the L.A. Times, the Board of Immigration Appeals streamlining policy of issuing one liner decisions in immigration appeals has caused the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ immigration cases to increase from 8% to 48% in just three years. “The caseload now clogging the federal courts was, in large part, an unintended consequence of attempts to ease a backlog at the BIA, which had 57,200 cases pending in 2002.” U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Nelson says ‘”It’s just extraordinary. I’ve been on the court for 25 years, but I’ve never seen a rush … overwhelming us like this. Frankly, the immigration system needs to be reformed.”‘

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