Court Reform

International Business Times: US Asylum Backlogs Soaring, Testing Patience For Those Fleeing Persecution

July 20, 2015

"The number of pending asylum petitions has increased by more than 800 percent over the last four years, stretching out the period of uncertainty in some cases from six months to two years, or from two years to four. The wait is particularly grueling for those ... who remain separated from their families with no clear answers on their status or time frame for a resolution." NIJC's Ashley Huebner explains some causes of the court backlog and how it affects the immigration system as a whole.

Cost-Effective Procedural Changes Could Shrink the Immigration Court Backlog

October 9, 2014

New White Paper Calls for Department of Justice to Enact Immigration Reforms Inspired by Civil Justice Reform Act

Rocket Dockets Leave Due Process in the Dust

NIJC started petitions to President Obama that will be submitted by lawyers and community members demanding that immigrant children get a fair day in court.

Giving Immigrant Children a Chance in Court

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By Erin Carpenter and Monica McCarthy

Rethink Immigration: It’s Time to Fix the Immigration Court Backlog

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New York Times: Lawyers for Immigrants

May 9, 2011

In a letter to the editor NIJC Executive Director Mary Meg McCarthy noted the problems with lack of access to counsel in the immigration detention system, particularly for vulnerable populations held in isolated areas.

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Congressional Hearing Highlights Problems in U.S. Immigration Court System

May 18, 2011

Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) applauds U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy and the Senate Judiciary Committee for its hearing today highlighting the problems of the overburdened and inefficient immigration court system.

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