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The backlog of cases in U.S. immigration courts reached a record high of 375,503 last month, according to data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.
To date in fiscal year 2014, which began last Oct. 1, there have been 50,000 cases more than in the same period in fiscal year 2013.
The courts that accumulated the most work were those in the states of California (77,400 cases), Texas (62,143), New York (55,101) and Florida (19,628).
Waiting times have also increased and the average now is 587 days, or more than 18 months, before the hearing can take place in which a judge decides whether the individual should be deported or not.
Preliminary figures indicate that the number of cases in which minors are involved has climbed to 41,640, “with more arriving daily,” the TRAC report says.
At the end of June, pending cases that involved minors from Guatemala rose to 12,841, followed by 12,696 involving youngsters from Honduras and 12,162 to do with kids from El Salvador.
The United States, according to the Obama administration, is facing an “urgent humanitarian situation” due to the massive influx of unaccompanied, undocumented minors, mostly from Central America, who between October and June numbered more than 57,000.