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What’s Behind Houston’s Immigration Court Backlog?

Posted on · Tough talk about protecting the border doesn’t mean much if immigration courts can’t process cases. Area immigration attorney Alexandre Afanassiev says that process used to take about six months. These days, it can take years. In fact, he says cases he’s working on are being scheduled for court dates into 2019. Why? Well, there might be […]

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Minors at the Border and Space Debris: Wednesday’s Show (January 6, 2016)

Posted on · Attention turned about a year and a half ago to the Texas/Mexico border, where thousands of unaccompanied minors (many fleeing violence in Central America) sought asylum in the United States. The federal government scrambled to safely house the children while they navigated our immigration courts. Their ranks slowly dissipated as their cases were resolved, but now […]

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Backlog Means Immigration Cases Wont Be Heard Until 2019

Posted on · Back in November of 2012, the Houston Chronicle reported a growing backlog of cases in Houston’s immigration court. At that time, the backlog grew from more than 4,000 to more than 12,000 in a three-year period, and cases were being scheduled for late 2014. Now a recent update on that number puts the tally at 31,300 with cases […]

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Unaccompanied Minors Crossing the Border: Houston Matters for Thursday, June 12, 2014

Posted on · Vast numbers of often unaccompanied young children continue to cross into south Texas from Mexico. The White House says they’re fleeing violence in Central America. That’s why the Obama administration has begun to provide these minors seeking asylum with lawyers to assist them as they navigate our immigration courts. It’s not common practice for those […]